Jock Talk with Jason Carrelas
What are your overall feelings towards nationals?
Nationals was a great experience for me and the whole team. They
played the national anthem before each game and our names were even
called out as we entered the field. The whole deal was pretty awesome.
How did the Mustangs measure up against the rest of the competition?
Our team came out super deep. With nine major injuries, it would
be hard for another team to fill the field, but we have 18 solid
players. I think that we did very well. Alberta won it all and we
tied them. I would say we outplayed [Alberta] -we had 10 shots on
net, whereas they only had about two.
How did you feel about the women's soccer team showing up as support?
The girls coming was such a surprise! We were all pumped about being
there in the first place, but they made [the experience] a lot more
enjoyable. We actually had more fans in Montreal than we do at home.
Personally, I wanted the win even more when the girls were there
watching us -it gave me the extra push I needed.
Were you nervous when you had to step in and play goal?
It was weird to be goalie, but I didn't really get nervous. I always
wanted to play goal because my older brother played. I felt confident
-there was no pressure since I'm not a goalie. I didn't expect much
out of myself, but I wanted to help out the team as much as possible.
How did your teammates react to you as a goalie?
During the first half especially, I think everyone took a deep breath
whenever the ball came in my direction. There's a lot of pressure
on a goalie, and being an inexperienced one, there was more tension.
By the second half, I was in my groove and everyone was feeling
a bit more comfortable.
When you were in the net watching a player come directly at you,
what were you feeling?
It was definitely a different perspective on the game, but I mainly
just tried to stay focused on the ball. When the ball was shot into
the top corner of the net, there wasn't anything I could do. My
heart dropped because we were trying to win bronze.
When you aren't filling in as keeper, what are your best abilities
on the field?
I think that I'm a dynamic player. I play on the left side along
with Paco Barnett and we didn't let a goal in from our side all
season. All around though, I try to play solid -there's not one
thing I focus on. I would like to start scoring more goals and get
a little more fit.