Q & A With Sophomore Midfielder Jeff Hoover

Nov. 6, 2003

GoHuskies.com: When did you start playing soccer?

Jeff Hoover: 'I moved here from Utah when I was five. I got into all kinds of sports. I played baseball for a year. But, then I got into soccer and it just kind of worked for me.'

GH: Did you expect to see the success the team has had this season?

Hoover: 'It is interesting for me because playing ODP (Olympic development) there are different age group limits than with club so I knew six of the seven guys coming in. I knew what kind of talent we had and what kind of quality we had coming it. It doesn't surprise me that we have done so well. It is going to be exciting and surprising to see where we can go by the end of the season.'

GH: Was it at all surprising that the team gelled as quickly as it did?

Hoover: 'I think, especially early in the season everyone was so excited just to get going that people were just flying around at the beginning. You can see as we have gone along this season it kind of goes up and down. But, in the beginning of the season everybody is so excited to play with each other and so excited to get on the field, especially as a freshman, as people saw four of them started after a couple of games. I think that whole aspect adds to how we have done.'

GH: How have you tried to keep the early season momentum going?

Hoover: 'Attitude and team comraderie is a big thing. Off the field we have tried more so in the later part of the season. Last Friday we had team Olympics. We are just trying to keep everyone in good spirits. As the season goes on, especially now with class and you have your differences, but you just work them out.'

GH: You scored your first goal last year against Fresno State, how special was that?

Hoover: 'That was a big surprise. It was one of those where you don't know whether to cross it or shoot it and is just kind of worked out well. This year the Kentucky goal was awesome for me because I definitely meant to hit that. Soccer is fun, but scoring goals is just a great feeling.'

GH: What are you doing when you are not on the field?

Hoover: 'Not to be a nerd or anything, but I am a big audio, video guy. I like stereos and home theater stuff.'

GH: Do you have an awesome home theater system then?

Hoover: 'Yeah, I do. I do that kind of thing and I am into engineering so I work on my car and things. I like anything with sound or mechanics.'

GH: What are your goals for the rest of the season?

Hoover: 'One goal, since we didn't make it last year, is to make it to the playoffs and then we will take it from there. That is all I am focusing on right now.'

GH: If you weren't playing soccer what would you be doing?

Hoover: 'I don't know what I would be doing. I don't even want to think about that. It is such a huge part of my life.'

GH: What are your future plans?

Hoover: 'Anything, you can do after college is great. I grew up with a Scottish coach and English people in my club teaching me and coaching me and it has always been a goal of mine to go over there and play someday.'

GH: Do you have a favorite team over there?

Hoover: 'Not to cop out on Man U., but everyone loves Man U. Chelsea is doing well this year and there are a lot of teams that have done well that you wouldn't expect this year.'

GH: Being a Man U. fan were you disappointed to see David Beckham sold to Real Madrid this summer?

Hoover: 'No. Players come and go, that is how other players get in. I enjoy watching the younger players come on to Man U.'

GH: Did you get to see them when they came to town this summer?

Hoover: 'I did get to see them. It was a little disappointing because I was hoping it would be a little more competitive, but it is always nice to see lots of goals.'

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