Q and A with WashU Men's Soccer Seniors

Photo by Mary Butkus, WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus, WUSTL Photos

By Taylor Cohen
Sports Information Intern 

The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team will honor its five seniors prior to Sunday's contest against New York University – Kyle PerezMarco PinheiroRyan SprouleBen Strozewski and Marc VandenBerg.

The Class of 2018 has recorded a 35-21-10 (.606) overall record with NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016.

The five seniors reflected on the past four years with Sports Information Intern Taylor Cohen.

KYLE PEREZ
What have you learned from playing under head coach Joe Clarke?
I've learned to be more patient.

Favorite Soccer Memory at WashU?
Favorite memory was Wheaton freshman year.

Plans Upon Graduation?
Plan on going into product marketing. 

MARCO PINHEIRO
What have you learned from playing under head coach Joe Clarke?
Do what he's thinking, not what he's saying. 

Favorite Soccer Memory at WashU?
Going to Sporting KC game with the team after our spring game last semester.

Plans Upon Graduation?
Work for an architecture firm and apply to graduate school for architecture. 

RYAN SPROULE
What have you learned from playing under head coach Joe Clarke?
I learned that the best performances come when I am enjoying myself. This realization has allowed me to reduce the stress of the game or anything and focus on positives.

Favorite Soccer Memory at WashU?
The general humor and jokes during practice/travel that never failed to boost my mood. 

Plans Upon Graduation?
Working as a software engineer at Amazon. 

BEN STROZEWSKI
What have you learned from playing under head coach Joe Clarke?
The most important thing I have learned is how crucial it is to have solid fundamentals mentally and technically. This has helped me to learn the game at multiple places on the field and feel comfortable in each case. 

Favorite Soccer Memory at WashU?
My favorite memory was my first UAA trip to play Rochester in 2016. We came back from 2-0 with 10 men to play to a 3-3 tie. It was one of the most exciting games I've ever played in and the attitude of the team during the game was incredible. 

Plans Upon Graduation?
I am currently applying to Planetary Science programs for graduate school.  

MARC VANDENBERG
What have you learned from playing under head coach Joe Clarke?
Under Joe I've learned that the small details during a game can have a massive impact on the game.  Additionally, he has helped me to become a better player and person on and off the field.

Favorite Soccer Memory at WashU?
My favorite soccer memories at Wash U have been the good times and jokes with the team.

Plans Upon Graduation?
After graduation, I will be a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the United States Navy.