Volume 93, Issue 29
Thursday, October 21, 1999
Hume poses silent threat
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By Sean Maraj
Champions are more than just captains and coaches. Champions are often defined by the quiet players who lead in the shadows and from time to time step into the limelight. Alan Hume is an example of this type of champion.
Hume, a third-year chemistry student, plays midfield for Western's national champion men's soccer team. The left footed Caledon native, who has played the game since he was five years old, has excelled with the Mustangs for the past three years and is currently leading the team in scoring for the 1999-00 season.
"He brings a dimension on the left side second to none," said Western head coach Rock Basacco of Hume's impact on the team's performance. "He brings great speed and a great shot, he can curl the ball with great speed and accuracy."
Hume, however, reluctantly assessed his own abilities. "I'm a better attacker than I am a defender. I bring pace and creativity on the attack," he said.
Despite all the time Hume has spent kicking around a soccer ball, he pointed to his family as his greatest influence in his involvement on the field.
"I come from a big soccer family, that was a big influence. My dad played and he was involved in my coaching," Hume said.
He also remains loyal to his Scottish roots. While up and coming baseball players may follow the New York Yankees, football players the San Francisco 49ers and hockey players, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hume holds the Glasgow Rangers close to his heart and cites Scottish great Kenny Dalgleish as his favourite player. "Dalgleish he's played for Scotland at the national level like, a hundred times," Hume said on his attachment to the Scottish great.
In the time Hume has played for Western, he has developed not only into a dynamic scoring force on the field, but also a leader off the field.
"This year he stepped up," said Western captain Mike Potts on Hume's development as a leader. "He's found his role on the field, very vocal whether it's good or bad, he'll let you know."
The Mustangs will need Hume to lead the scoring charge as the playoffs begin in under two weeks. Hume was cautious when assessing the team's ability to repeat as national champions. "I'm pretty confident, but I don't want to get too confident too early," he said.
Hume was also quick to point out the down side of being on a team which has spent most of their season dominating the competition. The Mustangs are a 9-0-1 this season, with two games left and the team has already captured the Ontario University Athletics West division. "I think the fact that we haven't been down a goal, we haven't been forced to come back," he said of his team's greatest weakness.
As for the future, Hume said he does not see himself playing soccer professionally, however he is not quite ready to give up playing anytime soon. "I want to do a [Masters of Business Administration] after my science degree and hopefully, get a good job somewhere. But [soccer] will still be part of my life," he said.
For Hume, win or lose, the game of soccer is above all else, fun to play. "He knows how to have fun," said Potts. "He's not just playing soccer."
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