Above: Stirm with girlfriend Alison.
Azusa Pacific star midfielder Brandon Stirm
took a minute for a second interview with VCSoccer.com!
the college school year coming to a close, how would you rate your first
year at APU?
My 1st here at
APU as been an amazing experience. My classes were good, the soccer was
amazing, and the people here are so kind-hearted that it is easy to fit
right in and make friendships.
it like playing Spring soccer at APU? Do you play games?
Spring soccer here at APU is fun for the most part. We play games in
practice a lot as well as technical skills. We practice 3 days out of
the week and practice is usually pretty light and relaxed which is
completely different from the fall. We did play games during the spring;
our 1st was against UC Santa Barbara and we lost to them on a penalty
2-1...we went down 1-0 then I gave a through ball to our forward who
scored. We then beat CS Dominguez Hills 2-1, we played UC San Diego
where we tied 2-2, and also the PDL team Seahorses in a friendly.
back at your first year in college, how were your classes?
Right now I am
focused on getting my GE out of the way so classes have been so-so. The
classes have been slow and the reason I am taking most of them is
because the university requires them to be taken.
VC: How is
it living in LA? Any strange stories?
I enjoy living
away and being on my own away from home. Although LA is really smoggy
and packed with people, it has been a good experience. I have grown up
near busy cities my whole life so I enjoy it and there is so much do to
here in LA.
VC: What do
you miss most about home?
green hills of Northern California as well as my family...Home cooked
meals are also a big miss because the cafeteria food here is not the
best and I love my mom's cooking. Also, I miss John Basanese.
are your plans for the summer?
I plan to stay
here in LA and play for a PDL Team, the Southern California Seahorses.
does the team look for next year?
The team is
looking very strong for next year. We have almost all of our guys
returning and Wolf has planned our schedule for the 1st six games
against teams that were at the national tournament (All away).
VC: Is the
team going to travel to any exciting places next fall?
traveling to South Bend Indiana, We are going to Chicago Illinois, also,
we are going to Oklahoma and if we make the national tournament, (we
will by the way) we are going to Florida.
1st team All - GSAC your freshman year (congrats by the way!), what are
you doing to make sure you continue to improve?
The PDL is the
best league a player can play while he is still attending college, I
will be playing against DIV 1 players and it will keep my focus high on
improving as a player.
VC: Do you
feel like you have more pressure on you now that you've proven yourself
on the big stage?
I am not
feeling any pressure. I know the PDL will help me improve my game and I
feel very confident right now...I know that I will be able to perform
because I continued it through spring and I have shown the Seahorses
what I can do. Things are looking very good.
word is, APU will return every player next year...How is the team
chemistry? Is there any team that can stop you guys this coming season?
There are a
couple players not returning next year due to grades, but we have all of
our starting 11 returning and right now, we are going to be very
dangerous...we have experience all over the field now and we understand
each other very well.
you able to follow the Valley Christian soccer season last year?
I was able to
follow Valley Christian a little bit. I checked the scores on the
website to see how they were doing and I was able to make it to a couple
VC: How did
you feel about the results?
I thought it
was a positive season.
VC: Are you
able to keep in touch with any of the current VC players back home?
Every now an
then I will talk to some of the guys but not as often as I’d like.
an All Conference college soccer player, can you offer any new advice to
the guys at VC who want to play college ball?
bodies very well and always keep improving yourself. The college game is
faster and you need to be able to come and play everyday.
Finally, the rumor is that Brandon Stirm has a girlfriend, can you
confirm this for VCSoccer.com?
Yes I do have a
girlfriend...Her name is Alison, she's great! (pictured at top with