Meet Justin Woodward
Nov. 13, 2009
Senior captain Justin Woodward has made a huge impact in the men's soccer program here in Corvallis. Being from this lovely city, as well as being a third generation Beaver, has given Justin deep roots in Beaver Nation. His move from forward to defense his sophomore year has been extremely smooth as he finishes up his final season here at Oregon State.
What has been your most memorable experience here at Oregon State?
'My most memorable experience at Oregon State was when I was recognized as a senior on my final home game against California with my mom and sister.'
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
'The advice I would give to incoming freshmen is definitely don't take anything in your years here for granted because it goes by so fast and you are not going to want to miss a moment of it.'
What has been your favorite class at Oregon State?
'My favorite class at Oregon State was Native American Flute.'
Who has been most influential to you in the last four years?
'Ryan Callahan has been the most influential person to me over the past four years. He helped me adjust to soccer at the college level as well as helping me figure out school during my earlier years. He has also been keeping in touch with me after he left and has given me advice when I needed it, which was nice coming from a former captain.'
How has it been playing at this level in your hometown?
'Playing at this level in my hometown has been a dream comes true. Ever since I was young and watched the Beaver's soccer team play I knew that's where I wanted to play when I was ready. It has been a great journey as well. It has allowed a lot of people to follow my soccer career from before college until now.'
Did the transition from forward to defense your sophomore year change the way you view the game?
'It did not change the way I view the game, but it did change how I prepare for games. Instead of visualizing myself in the attacking part of the game I shifted to visualizing myself more in the defensive part of the game.'
How has this season been with a new coach, Steve Simmons?
'This season with Coach Simmons has been great. He has brought positive attitudes to all the players and is really focused on making this program one of the best in the country, and I am very thankful that I have been able to be a part of this transition.'
What has it been like taking a leadership role as captain this season?
'It has felt very natural to me, being one of the two seniors playing this year. I want to help the younger guys make the transition from high school to college easier, and lead by experience.'