Above: Dequine in uniform for his summer
team, the Firecrackers.
Azusa Pacific star
took a minute for a second interview with VCsoccer.com. Check out the
would you rate your first two seasons at APU from a soccer standpoint?
Dequine: The first two seasons at Azusa have been a
little bumpy. The first season we had very few players that could get
the job done, so i played the entire game every game. Although, it was
good that i got that much playing time my freshman year because my
sophomore year i received very minimal playing time due to many reasons.
VC: How do
you like the school?
Dequine: I love the school
VC: In your
two years there, the teams have been top class. How does it feel to play
for a National contender?
Dequine: It is very exciting and I hopefully will be a
big part of the national championship team next year.
you scored any goals since you've been down there?
Dequine: Just a couple... Literally, 2.
VC: How is
it playing with Brandon Stirm?
Dequine: Itís great. Stirmy and I have been extremely
close friends for the past couple years and with him being down there
with me, it makes it that much better.
VC: How is
your relationship with Coach Wolf?
Dequine: As with any relationship, it has its ups and
downs but he knows the game of soccer very well. Heís a great coach.
VC: How are
the facilities down there?
Dequine: We are actually in the process of getting
lights I believe, but
that we have the best field in NAIA and maybe even the top soccer
facility in the nation. Our field is near perfect.
what it's like to travel with a team in college? How are the hotels?
Does the team pay for meals?
Dequine: Our team has no money, so the hotels are very
poor quality, but they pay for the food and that is usually great.
the school support the soccer team at Azusa Pacific?
Dequine: Yes soccer is a very big sport at the school,
mainly because there are a lot of students that played soccer growing up
and love to come and watch. Also if a sport is doing really well than
you tend to see a lot more people and a lot more faculty at the games.
have your grades been so far?
Dequine: My grades have been doing just fine.
VC: Do you
follow the team at Valley Christian much?
Dequine: I do. With Stirm down here with me it is
easier to follow because he keeps me updated when I don't check myself.
that you are a seasoned veteran, what advice can you offer to the
players back home who aspire to play college soccer?
Dequine: Don't ever settle, because you can always be
better. Also there is always someone out to get your spot. Last thing is
to learn how to set your priorities. So often in college, we as student
athletes forget what we are supposed to focus on.
have you had to change your game to suite the college level?
Dequine: Well they first started me at outside mid and
I absolutely stunk. Then they put me in the middle and I have gotten to
play like I usually do. The only thing that I have had to learn is
strength and also the physicality of the college level.
words of encouragement for the Valley Christian Boys soccer team as they
prepare for their 4th year in WCAL (coming off 3 straight CCS
Dequine: High Soccer maybe your last chance to play for a
championship team and/or maybe your last chance to play for a team
period. Have fun and train hard, the rest will just happen. Have a great