VCSoccer.com interviews alum Ryan Favre 10/1
do you like attending OCU?
is simply just an awesome place to be. A great atmosphere where you can
grow not only with better "book knowledge," but also as an individual of
character and faith. Plus these laptops we got are cooler than ice. ;)
have your classes been so far?
Favre: Classes have actually
been alright. I've managed to get A's on my first 3 exams which I'm
happy about. Chemistry and math are definitely my most time-consuming
though. The American pol. econ. class that i'm taking right now though
is ridiculously boring...itís the only "Charlie brown" class I have
What are your roomates like?
Well they're great.
They both have completely different personalities. Keenan is an
extremely TALL Oklahoma City guy that you can't get to stop smiling and
talking. He also has no hint of athleticism in his blood <lol>. Brady,
on the other hand, is a varsity track star and much more quiet and
VCSoccer.com: How have you found the culture in Oklahoma to be different
from San Jose?
The culture over here
is fairly similar to what you would find in SJ from my perception. The
major difference is that Caucasians are, without question, the majority
of the population. There are however, a fair number of foreign students
here at OC. We have students ranging anywhere from Rwanda to France to
even Japan and China. It's a very cool thing to have a majority of the
countries represented at a school.
do you think of the cafeteria food?
Actually, the cafť food
isn't too bad. Every day they have different stuff out that you can pick
and choose from. The nice thing is that you always have a fallback; if
you don't like the day's menu: pasta, pizza, fruit, and a salad bar are
always available...not to mention water, soda, ice cream, and icee
machines. The trick isn't about finding something you like...itís about
eating healthy. They like a lot of fried foods and I've found I like it
do you guys look so far?
The team looks pretty good. Since I'm on the jv team, or the
"developmental team" as they call it here, there are some quirks to be
worked out... a.k.a. I miss the defense I had from last year <lol>. The
forwards that I have been working with though are both seniors who've
spent some time up with varsity at one point or another. A couple of the
mids have some talent as well, and itís always interesting to make some
passing combos w/ them.
I understand you have a couple of goals,
how did you score?
Yeah, well we're
3w-1L-2t not including 2 forfeits 'wins' (I'm not sure how many more
we'll have cuz teams keep canceling or not having enough players). I've
had a lot of playing time and have been able to put 2 goals away. The
first of which was just a breakaway opportunity 1v1 w/ the keeper (I
can't stand all the pressure before you shoot on 1v1's <lol>). The
second was just a nice left footed shot from about the 18 as I was
running onto it and placed it in the far corner.
you travelled with the team anywhere?
Well the team stays
within Oklahoma primarily, but when we have traveled, I've been there.
do you like the coach?
The coach is a nice
guy. Fairly reserved and laid-back, but he knows his stuff. He's
actually a keeper for the team he plays on. The varsity coach, David
Scott, is also a goalie coach interestingly enough.
does college soccer differ from high school?
College soccer is very
much the same as H.S. in the sense that you train to get better. The
main difference is that the shape you're in (running,etc.) is largely
dependent upon your self-discipline on your own time, and also, it's
much more competitive--even just within your own team. The coach will
select a certain number of players to suit up for each game depending
upon the performance in practice, so you have guys fighting for spots
day in and day out. I've made every roster respectively, but really,
it's all about how much you want it.
advice would you give to the VC players who aspire to play college
If you want to play
soccer in college, just do it. Make sure you have your priorities
straight (God, education, soccer), and then aspire to reach heights you
wish to achieve. I'm not seeking a career in soccer or anything like
that--I just wanted to play and enjoy it while still being able to do
well and adjust in college. The jv team provided a relaxed schedule and
SOCCER <lol> so I didn't tryout for the Varsity squad. Know your
availability and commitment level; there's nothing wrong in doing jv if
a school provides one and just HAVE FUN. That's most important. Don't
get too busy that you can't enjoy the other aspects of life too!
Favre: To the readers of VC
Everything. Leave it all on the field and give it all in
life--makes it just that much more fulfilling.
you want to say to the readers of VCSoccer.com?
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