In The Hot Seat

This week’s guest is Braden Bishop, a financing major from Centerville, Ohio, and forward for the Northern Kentucky University’s Men’s Soccer Team.

Last year he was named Freshman Great Lakes Valley Confernce Player of the Year.

What does the game of soccer mean to you?

Teammates working together to make each other better players.

Give me three words that describe your team this year.

Teamwork, focus, hungry.

What are some of your personal goals for the season?

Just to do better than I did last year, whether it be scoring more points or playing better altogether.

What was the best advice you got from a coach?

“Don’t think about it, just do it.”

What gets you motivated to play? Do you have any rituals you do before each game?

I usually listen to some music on my iPod, but nothing special other than that.

How do you want to be remembered at this school/on the soccer team?

I just want to be a part of the first national champion soccer team-hopefully that happens this year!

What are your plans after graduation?

To get a good job close enough to home so I can be close to my parents to ask advice because they’ve been in my position before.

If you could change one rule in soccer, what would it be?

I would like to see referees be harder on when a player fakes like they’ve been fouled.

What is your favorite trick or special move to do in soccer?

I don’t really have a special trick; I just do what I feel I need to do to get around a defender and hope it works.

Do you feel any pressure this year because of all the honors you received last year being named Freshman of the Year, All-GLVC first team, etc.?

No. Pressure should be felt by the opponents because I’ve proven to myself that I can do it.

What would you want to say to any team facing NKU this year?

Last year was just a taste of what we can do. This year, we are older and more experienced, and hungrier.