vcsoccer.com caught up with former VC captain Chris Hansen. Chris'
leadership helped lead the '03-'04 team to a WCAL Championship. Chris
now redshirts at Azusa Pacific University...He took a few minutes out of
his busy schedule to answer some questions. Check out the
How are things going with soccer at APU?
CH: The APU soccer
team is an amazing group of guys who coherently mesh their Christian
faith and love for God with amazing talent and passion for the game.
Currently APU is
having one of their best seasons in school history which is exciting and
challenging. It is extremely exciting to be part of such an
accomplished program, but also challenging as every practice is both
physically and mentally demanding.
What about college soccer has surprised you the most?
CH: Not much has
surprised me. I knew it was going to be very difficult, but maybe I
didn't realize that I was joining a team that will be national
contenders this year. It is extremely demanding, especially during
double days in August.
Are the classes difficult down at APU?
CH: APU classes
are much like VC classes. There is a wide range which can challenge
even top students, but also allow less academically inclined to score
good grades. APU facilitates to a wide variety of students, but by no
means are classes easy. They are still college classes which are more
difficult then high school classes.
How is it living with Brandon Stirm?
CH: I really enjoy
living with Brandon. Many people have roommate conflicts but Brandon is
a considerate roommate who keeps "culturing" me by making me watch all
the movies I missed out on because of studying. It is also advantageous
to live with a soccer roommate so you have a similar schedule.
Tell us your favorite part about APU so far.
CH: I enjoy the
many activities, interesting classes, amazing chapels, and awesome
What have you found most challenging at APU?
CH: The most
challenging aspect is balancing all my activities. In college every
activity demands more time and skill then high school. So doing
multiple activities demands more time and effort then ever before.
Soccer might be the most challenging part this year as I am playing for
such a high level team.
What advice would you give to this years VC soccer team?
CH: Work together
as a team. Last year we did a better job of this but seeing APU's team
I have come to realize how important this really is. One reason why we
are undefeated this year is that everyone on this team loves each other,
and most guys on this team will willing break a leg to help someone else
on the team. So teamwork is essential in creating a team.
dinners, they are free food.
What teacher at Valley Christian influenced you as a person most?
CH: Tough question
to answer as so many teachers have influenced my life. My senior year
Mr. Meester probably had one of the greatest effects on me as a person.
It also helps that we studied literature and always related it back to
our own lives and how we could learn from the lives of others. Dr.
Burns also had a great impact on my life as well as Mrs. Marc and Mr.
Sutherland. Countless other teachers have influence my life as I am
eternally grateful for all that they have done.
What is your favorite VC Soccer memory?
CH: My favorite VC
memory is winning against Serra at home for league championship. I
remember the side lines filled, people behind the fence, fans on the
football stadium with drums. It was an intense game with a great goal,
good goalkeeping, and overall a great team victory winning 1-0. It was
also a huge moment in VC history as it was the first Soccer WCAL
championship for a school playing in such a tough league.
Anything else you want to say to the vcsoccer.com readers?
CH: APU is a great
school and look for us this year as we attempt to become NAIA national