Q & A With Junior George John

Sept. 20, 2007

George John is the anchor of the Husky midfield and a co-captain this season. With John's help, the Huskies haven't allowed a goal in more than 275 minutes of play and notched three consecutive shutouts. After defeating then-No. 3 Southern Methodist and northwest rival Portland in the last week, Washington hosts the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field this weekend. GoHuskies.com caught with the junior this week.

GoHuskies.com: The team is off to another great start, most recently having notched three consecutive shutouts. What has that been like?
George John: 'It's definitely going really well so far. It's a little different than last year because we took a hit early against Gonzaga which motivated us to step up. We were able to come out strong against New Mexico and Southern Methodist and have had a good start.'

GH: What is it like playing on the road so much (the first 5 games)?
GJ: 'We have definitely been road warriors for the first part of the season. It is a lot of fun playing different teams at their home field, seeing different parts of the country and seeing soccer fans everywhere. New Mexico definitely had a culture of soccer fans coming out to the games. It was interesting to see that, but it is definitely nice to come home for these three games to play in front of family and friends.'

GH: How big was the win against Portland on Tuesday?
GJ: 'I think it was huge for the program because it was our 500th win overall. We haven't beaten Portland since I've been here so it was a big game for us. They know us really well and we know them really well with it being a close rivalry. It was really physical with them having 29 fouls and us with 16, and it was big to get a win out of it.'

GH: Speaking of milestones, the next win will mark the 200th career victory for head coach Dean Wurzberger. What does that mean to the team?
GJ: 'That would be great. It shows that Dean has been here for a while and that he's been a pretty good coach while he has been here. I think it would mean a lot to the guys to get that for him this weekend and we'll be pushing for it.'

GH: What are you expecting this weekend with Denver and Furman?
GJ: 'We are just going to play our game because we have been playing pretty well. We want to focus on ourselves because we are really in the zone right now and we want to make our opponents play to our level.'

GH: You are a co-captain this season. What do you do with your leadership role?
GJ: 'It's definitely been a learning process so far. It started out at the end of spring and has gone until now. I'm not one to take a leadership role right away so it was tough at the beginning, but I've learned more about it. I am enjoying it more and learning what it takes to be an inspiration to the other guys and to lead on and off the field.'

GH: How are the younger players doing, with several freshmen playing key minutes?
GJ: 'They are coming along really well. Taylor Mueller, Brad Keller and Matt Van Houten have been doing very well. I am impressed with how they have held up throughout the first part of the season. Mueller made the all-star team down at the New Mexico tournament. They haven't needed much guidance. They came right in with the knowledge of how to play their positions and play with the team so it has gone well.'

GH: This is your final season with seniors Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen who you've been with for a couple of years now. How has that been?
GJ: 'It's a thrill. I love playing with Kevin and Ely up front and [Raphael Cox] as well. They are three really skilled players and it's been so fun. I don't want it to end this year. Every time we go out on the pitch together we just have a blast.'

GH: Good luck this weekend George.
GJ: 'Thanks.'

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