Q&A With Senior Taylor Cochran

Sept. 29, 2009

The Washington Men's soccer team picked up a big win last weekend against Cal Poly in the Husky Fever Classic to improve to 3-4-1 and give them some momentum heading into Pac-10 play this week. One of the leaders for Washington this year is senior central midfielder Taylor Cochran, who is adjusting to his new role in the Husky attack. GoHuskies.com talked with Cochran after a recent practice about the new season, his new position, and the responsibilities of being a senior.

GoHuskies.com: Your position has changed as a senior. What is your role now and how you are taking to it?

Taylor Cochran: My role now, as it is, is center midfield. I originally was a forward coming out of high school. I played defense my first few years here and slowly moved my way up the field. Now, I'm playing more of an attacking role at center-mid.

GH.com: Do you feel more comfortable as an offensive minded player more or do you prefer to sit back?

TC: I feel comfortable with the role I have now. I think center-mid suits my strengths well. I'm definitely more of a central channel player. Get in, win the ball, and try to keep possession of it for the team.

GH.com: What have you seen from the team so far in the season that is promising for the rest of the year?

TC: The team is promising so far this year because we have a really solid back line and goalkeeper. We can defend really well and that will keep us in any game. As long as we can find ways to score goals and keep possession of the ball I think we'll be able to do well.

GH.com: The team obviously lost a lot with both George John and Raphael Cox now playing in the MLS. Has it been hard to replace that talent in leadership, or have you been able to power through?

TC: It's a new team this year. We lost a couple good players in Raphael, George, Jo Jo Katz and Josh Sweatt as well. Those are really skilled player. I think this team just needs to find its new identity and take it from there.

GH.com: The team has added a lot of young talent. Have you had to work with them in game much to bring them into the play or have they been able to adapt to the college game well?

TC: They are picking up on it pretty quick. They're good players. We, as older players, need to show them the way, show them how we play the ball and the way we do things on this team. I think the more we play together, the team is slowly forming and meshing well.

GH.com: Are you taking more a leadership role as a senior?

TC: I think you have to as a senior because guys just naturally look up to us, being the older guys. Guys who have been around a little bit longer know more of the ins and outs and what to expect and how to prepare. More of a leadership role is necessary.

GH.com: What sort of extra motivation is it for the season being a senior and coming so close to the post-season last year?

TC: I don't know about any extra motivation. Certainly with the senior class, it's your last year and you don't know if you are going to be able to play after this. There's definitely that added incentive and a little more sense of urgency. But at the same time every year our goal is to get to the postseason. You try as hard as you can every year.

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