Q & A With Senior Derek Crismier

Aug. 27, 2007

Husky midfielder Derek Crismier and his teammates are preparing for their season opening matches at the Nike Portland Invitational this weekend. GoHuskies.com caught up with the fifth-year senior to talk about his expectations for the 2007 campaign.

GoHuskies.com: You are a senior now and have played in all 40 games the last two years. What does that mean to you?

Derek Crismier: 'I have a lot of experience having played so many games in the last two years so hopefully that can bring a lot to the team.'

GH: What are your goals for this season?

DC: 'Personally I want to score more. I want to be a lot more offensive. As far as the team, I want to help take this team to another level. A UW team has never made it past the Sweet 16 so I want to go farther than that.'

GH: What does this team need to do to go beyond what it did last season?

DC: 'We always experience a fast start and then have a drop off in Pac-10 play. I'm not sure what causes that, but if we can get through it and have a good stretch in the Pac-10, maybe win it, that will help us get a good draw. Against Creighton we played great soccer. We ran them all over the park. Then we struggled against Santa Clara. So this year we need to come in with fresh minds and friends bodies and make a good push.'

GH: You mention your own offense, but there are some pretty good forwards up front. Are you excited?

DC: 'Those two up front (Ely Allen and Kevin Forrest) are very dangerous. They are going to cause defenses a lot of problems. We'll see what Ellis (incoming freshman McLoughlin) brings in and I'm excited to play a lot. I just want to add my offensive abilities to the mix and make it that much harder for teams to defend us.'

GH: This is the first time in three years your defense will be without its central tandem of Ty Harden and Matt Fischer. How has the defense been adjusting so far?

DC: 'We have some good players stepping into their positions. For the young guys there are some big shoes to fill, but they have a my full confidence. The coaches have brought in some good players and they are going to have to step up. They are two hard guys to replace, but we'll have to buckle down and play good defense. That is what will win us games.'

GH: Is this the deepest team you've had since you've been here?

DC: 'Dean has said that we are two-deep in every position. There is always a teammate pushing for your position, so it's true that we are deep. If someone is lagging there is someone to step into their spot. That will certainly help us.'

GH: You played in KingCo 4A with Nick Loveless and have stayed local to play. How has that been for you?

DC: 'It has been a huge lift. I never really gave a second thought to going anywhere, but Washington. I think it was the same for Nick. I also played with Matt Fischer when he was at Eastlake. You can't really ask for a better place to play than UW. We have a great campus, great facilities, we couldn't ask for anything more.'

GH: What will you want to have accomplished before you are done at Washington?

DC: 'Making a hard push to the postseason has got to be my senior goal for this team. Winning a national championship would be a dream come true. It's going to be tough, but I think we have the team to do it. I would just love to be a part of that.'

GH: Good luck this season!

DC: 'Thanks!'

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