Richards A Driving Force For Huskies

By Karissa Fogel

This UW senior men's soccer forward knows what it takes to be the best and he refuses to settle for anything less.

Recipient of the Pac-12 Men's Soccer player of the Week for the week of October 11-17 and the Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of October 17-23, Brent Richards undoubtedly is the model student athlete.

When asked how he felt to have been awarded these two prestigious honors in less than two weeks he said: "I mean it's really good. We feel like our team has been doing really well, so it's nice to get some recognition. It's more of a team award for me."

His soccer career began early at the young age of four.

"My older brother played," Richards said. "Soccer was big in my community, pretty much everyone played."

His strong work ethic on and off the field has helped him to gain major accomplishments. Not only does this soccer player have a 3.73 GPA and has made the Dean's List every quarter, but so far he has scored the most goals for the Huskies this season with 10 goals.

His favorite aspect of soccer is scoring goals and this is no surprise with his track record. "There's nothing like it," Richards said. "It's been a good season so far. It just feels good to score goals."

When asked what his most memorable moment in his soccer career so far Richards said: "Last summer, the summer team that I played for won a national championship in Portland."

This hard working forward took the chance of a lifetime last winter and studied abroad in Ecuador for three months.

"Going to Ecuador was more of a break from soccer," he said. "I had played really hard that summer before on that Portland team, and I really hadn't had a break from soccer so it was good to get a couple months break from that.

"I totally missed (soccer) though. But it was good to take a break, I think mentally I needed that and my body physically needed it. So when I came back with the new coaching staff, I was really excited to get going and so I think it has helped me last summer and this fall."

As Richards' UW soccer career nears its end, he said he couldn't be more proud to have gotten the opportunity to play for this program.

"I'm super proud to be a Husky. The soccer tradition here is really good," Richards said. "[Even though] it hasn't been so great the past couple of years, we're looking to change that this season especially with the new coach [Jamie Clark] and I'm happy about that."

He said he hopes to continue his playing career after graduation.

As the Huskies prepare for postseason play, Richards is working to improve his overall soccer intelligence.

"I'm working on making the right runs and getting in those scoring positions," he said.

When getting pumped up for games, Richards is unlike most of his teammates whose pre-game rituals consist of blasting music.

"I think a lot guys get pumped up with music but my thing is I get really quiet before games," Richards said. "I don't say anything. I just sit there and focus within myself. I'm super quiet and then when I get on the field I let it all out."

With this mentality, Richards will be a driving force as the Huskies prepare for the NCAA tournament which begins on November 17.

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