On The Pitch With George John

Oct. 11, 2006

Central midfielder George John has stepped into a starting role for the Huskies this year and has made a big impact in his sophomore campaign. John has tallied two goals and two assists this season, and led the Husky attack with eight shots in the team's two matches versus Stanford and Cal last weekend. With the Huskies heading to the Bay Area to open the second half of Pac-10 play looking to end their scoring drought, John spent some time with GoHuskies.com to talk about how the Huskies can turn things around.

GoHuskies.com: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
George John: 'We have been having a lot of fun. The team is a real close group of guys. We had a great start going 8-0. We have struggled a little bit during Pac-10 play but we are still confident and focused on having a great rest of the season.'

GH: The team is playing California and Stanford this week, is there a sense of revenge amongst the team?
GJ: 'I think that there is a sense of redemption. They beat us at home twice, and that stung a little bit.'

GH: The team out-shot both California and Stanford last weekend, does that make the losses feel any worse?
GJ: 'Some people may feel that way. When it comes down to it, we lost. The other team put more points on the board than we did. You play as a team and you lose at a team. You can't blame anyone for the fact that we haven't been scoring goals. It is a team effort.'

GH: The upcoming game on Friday against Stanford will be televised on the Fox Soccer Channel, will that influence your play or the team's performance at all?
GJ: 'We are aware of that. We are just going to try and play our game. We can't let the fact that the game is on TV or any other factor influence our play. We just need to go out there and put more points on the board than our opponent.'

GH: Now that you have started conference play, does it feel different when you compete against Pac-10 schools rather than non-conference opponents?
GJ: 'Yeah definitely. You play the same teams year after year and you get a feel for who the different are players, you recognize the players on the other teams after you play against them year after year. So, it becomes a little more personal when you know the guys that you are competing against on the field. When you see the same guys it makes you want to beat them even more.'

GH: What do you think the team needs to do to turn there season back around?
GJ: 'We need to stay positive. Eventually we will start scoring goals again. We just went through a dry spell when it came to scoring. It is pretty hard to win, when you don't score. Once we are able to string together some goals we will start to win games again.'

GH: Do you feel like the team is playing worse, or is just a matter of things not falling into place?
GJ: 'I don't think that we are playing any worse. Things aren't going the way they should be.'

GH: Raphael Cox talked about things the team does when they are not competing and mentioned Mario Kart, are you guys still playing that game?
GJ: 'We have stepped it up a little bit, we are playing XBOX now. We are playing a lot of Halo 2, Taylor Cochran is the best on the team easily. Raphael Cox would get smoked by him.'

GH: What are you studying in school?
GJ: 'I'm not sure. I guess I am still playing the field. I am not sure what I want to do after college, maybe something involving traveling.'

GH: Have you had any opportunities to travel recently?
GJ: 'I was able to visit my family in Greece a couple of summers ago, but nothing recently.'

GH: In the match against Stanford last Friday, a group of people were waving a flag from Greece, was that your family?
GJ: 'Yeah, that was my sister and brother. They were showing their support for me and the team. Seeing the flag in the stands was a lot of fun.'

GH: Thanks for your time and good luck on the rest of the season.
GJ: 'Alright, thank you.'

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