Q & A With Taylor Hoss
Oct. 26, 2007
Sophomore Taylor Hoss, one of four Huskies to start all 14 games this season, is one of the key veterans on a young UW defense. Hoss took a few minutes to talk to GoHuskies.com this week before the team knew exactly how the weekend might shape up due to the wildfires in the San Diego area which caused the eventual postponement of UW's game at San Diego State, that was supposed to be played on Friday. The Huskies will still head to Southern California this week to take on UCLA, Sunday, and will make up the SDSU match on Nov. 18. The Huskies' last two contests came against these same Southern California schools and UW will be playing UCLA for the second-consecutive game. With just five games left on the schedule, each result is crucial for the Huskies' hopes of returning to postseason play.
GoHuskies.com: What has it been like not knowing how the weekend will shape up with San Diego State unable to play at home?
Taylor Hoss: 'You just have to stay on your toes because we don't know who our opponent is going to be. We've just been training and whatever happens, happens. There isn't really anything we can do about it.'
GH: Is playing teams on back-to-back weeks beneficial?
TH: 'It is helpful. You get a feel of the other team and you know more about them than you did the first time out. It definitely helps you to be more prepared.'
GH: Are you looking forward to playing UCLA again after a tough 3-2 loss last weekend?
TH: 'We've been training hard this week. It was a tough loss against them and we felt we could've won, so we just want to get right back out there.'
GH: How does this team become more consistent on a game-by-game basis?
TH: 'We're just trying to take it one game at a time now. We've played well against some of the tougher teams and fallen off against some of the lesser teams so we are getting more focused on each game right now.'
GH: You started all of your freshman year with an experienced line. What is it like now that you are basically a veteran?
TH: 'We have a really young back line. There are two sophomores and two freshmen and we lost our goalie. I've been trying to step up and be a leader. Trying to keep the guys calm. It's been a struggle at some points, but for the most part we've been pretty solid.'
GH: How important have the contributions of the younger guys been?
TH: 'We've lost some key players this year and some of the young guys had to step up. We've started five freshmen at a time this year and they've had to grow up and play key roles as the season progresses.'
GH: Does the team's playing style change with Kevin Forrest out?
TH: 'We are trying to hold tight defensively now. We are definitely defense first right now. Losing Kevin was huge, he scored 16 goals last year. We don't miss a beat with Ely and Ellis, but when you lose the Pac-10 Player of the Year you have to focus on defending instead of attacking.'
GH: What is easier now that you are a sophomore as opposed to being a freshman?
TH: 'I feel like I know the system a lot better. I know how to manage my time a lot better. Everything is easier in my second year.'
GH: Good luck this weekend and for the rest of the season!