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Introducing Men's Soccer Part IV: Personality Snapshot

While the last three pieces on men’s soccer have focused on position play, this one takes a deeper dive into the player’s personalities on and off the field.

A SKILL ONE OF YOUR TEAMMATES HAS THAT YOU WANT?

A common answer for skill stealing revolved around a certain forward. Victor Souza pointed out that “[Michael] Suski doesn’t have a weak foot. His left might be better than his right and he’s a righty. So I’d say that, being double footed.” Kristofer Konradsson seconded that, saying “I wouldn’t change a lot about my game, but I would take Suski’s ability to shoot with both legs. My right leg is just there.”

“Off the pitch” the senior midfielder is taking “Stef [Sigurdarson’s] and Amos [Shapiro-Thompson’s] self-discipline. Just being close to them these last few years and seeing how they operate off the field—their self-discipline, I think I need that more than Suski’s ability [to shoot].”

Freshman utility player Drew Serafino couldn’t decide between Suski’s ability to shoot with either foot and Souza’s tackling abilities. 

“Imagine being a striker with Vic’s tackling? Oh my God.” Aidan Farwell agreed, adding “I would just want to be Vic.”  Though off the field, Farwell wanted “Ian [Buehler’s] ping-pong skills,” despite Serafino saying Buehler’s better at squash.

PREGAME RITUALS

Forward Stefan Sigurdarson managed to talk himself into having the weirdest pregame ritual. Though his rituals are different at BC and in Iceland, here he “has a banana an hour before the game.” Home games here and some away games see the addition of a bagel that “I eat about two hours before the game. So if it’s an away game I always bring one bagel with me and some sunflower butter.” He paused, “That actually might be up there as the strangest…we’ll see what you say.”

Souza says he doesn’t have a pregame ritual other than listening to music but did point out that “We have some pretty funny ones. We have guys that chug a Redbull right before the game. Adama [Kaba] will always dress up before a game, but he’s the only one that does it.”

Goalkeeper Brennan Klein quickly confirmed the energy drinks on the team. “I drink a lot of energy drinks. I’ll have like two Monsters before a game, normally. Or a Redbull or a Rockstar.” When pressed about brand loyalty, Klein pointed out that BC sells Monster, but his “brand loyalty is Rockstar Original. Nothing will beat that.”  

Konradsson also talked himself into being the weirdest ritual while adding to the energy drink mythology. “I think mine is the weirdest, has to be,” he laughed. “Since my freshman year I’ve always shown up with a Bang energy drink before every single game. I take it to the bench. The ritual slowly drifted into chugging a Bang, at least half of it, and then sniffing the salts that someone on the bench has. I think that’s gonna be the weirdest ritual.”

The freshmen are also part of the energy drink trend with Farwell’s pregame ritual being chugging a Redbull with Sam White before games.

Serafino’s ritual is a little different. “My sister made me a bracelet before I came, so I have to tape it the same way every game.”

The two freshmen consulted on the weirdest ritual, starting with saying Sigurdarson before Farwell reminded Serafino of Ian Buehler’s. Jumping on board, the two were quick to point out that “It’s not a ritual it’s just his pregame presence.” Serafino corrected that to “pre-day presence.” Few details were given, but Serafino described it as scary.

WHO’S WINNING THE OSCAR ON AND OFF THE FIELD?

The on the field Oscar was not a surprise to anyone who watched at least twenty minutes of men’s soccer, but the off-the-field Oscar had a couple of surprise votes.

Sigurdarson nominated Klein for the on-field Oscar, citing the keeper as the “most dramatic, but in a good way—so like most enthusiastic. Every single team huddle before a game is him just going off, very very enthusiastic, very lively.” His vote would be the only one not for himself when it came to dramatics on the pitch.

Every other vote was for Sigurdarson or Suski. Souza nominated “Suski on the field, for sure. Suski and Stef. Stef goes down at least three times a game.” Klein nominated Stef and when asked for an elaboration said “I don’t think I have to elaborate on Stef.” His roommate, Konradsson, sealed the deal, declaring, “Stef is the most dramatic. And that is known. That just has to be. I’ve never seen him go down without holding his ankle, even though nobody goes near his ankle.”

Serafino initially voted for Sigurdarson, but Farwell stuck with Suski. “Stef’s dramatic when he gets fouled, but overall, generally, nonstop it's Suski,” Farwell argued. The argument was persuasive enough to sway Serafino, who settled on “If we’re talking getting touched, it’s Stef. But if it’s like emotions out loud, it’s Suski. Stef is good at drawing fouls like he goes down but he gets fouls.”

Off the field, the results varied. Klein awarded the Oscar to Suski, who’s “always in his own world. I love him to death but he puts on his headphones and he puts his hoodie up and he’s done.”

Souza awarded the Oscar to “Stef. Or Amos [Shapiro-Thompson]” before declaring “It’s definitely [Stef]. He’s so dramatic. His roommate would agree.” His roommate did not agree, instead of awarding the Oscar to Christian Garner “because he’s just always complaining, I don’t know what it is. He just makes a big thing out of everything. I don’t know how.” When asked about Sigurdarson, Konradsson laughed before stating, “I think that’s maybe just because I’m getting used to him.”

The freshmen did some soul searching and Serafino nominated himself. Farwell chimed in with “I’m proud of you for admitting that,” before nominating Stef as his answer because “No one else is really that dramatic.”

BC MEN’S SOCCER HEIST SQUADS

Souza’s Team:

Distraction: Michael Suski

Getaway Driver: Ian Buehler

Hacker: Victor Souza

Planner: “I’d say Amos cuz he’s super-smart, but he’s super disorganized so…”

         Final answer? Ivan Postolka. “He’s pretty smart.”

 

Klein’s Team:

 Getaway Driver Klein made himself the distraction first, before revising that opinion to make himself the getaway driver.

Planner: Buehler

Distraction: Thomas Jordan

Hacker: Walker Davy

 

Serafino and Farwell’s Team:

         Distraction: Drew Serafino“for sure”

         Driver: Aidan Farwell

“Our team is full of horrible drivers, so I’m driving the car”

         Planner: Postolka for Serafino and Arsen Melkumyan for Farwell

 

Konradsson’s Team:

         Getaway driver: Sigurdarson

“I’mma put Stef at driver, he’s a decent driver—I’mma give it to him. Besides

everything else I said, he’s a decent driver.”

         Planner: Shapiro-Thompson Sigurdarson

Upon realizing that would make him the hacker or distraction, he put himself at

Planner. Then switched himself to driver because “I’m a better driver than Stef,

I’m a way better driver than Stef, wow.” And made Stef the planner.

         Hacker: Alejandro Zimmerman

         Distraction: Wil Jacques

 “He doesn’t stop talking.”

WHO DO YOU TRUST WITH THE AUX CORD? WHO’S GETTING BANNED?

For Souza, the love of one’s keeper only goes so far. He might trust them in goal but when asked who he’s banning, the answer was “Brennan. Or Garner. Both the keepers.” It was a universal defensive decision about Klein because “Brennan just plays whatever he wants to listen to and it’s just weird. Wil [Jacques] is always like ‘I feel like I’m losing brain cells every time he gets the aux.’” It’s worth noting that Souza trusts Jacques on aux “because he has the most diverse music taste.” Defense trusts defense.

Konradsson has a list of who has wronged him on the aux cord. “I don’t trust any of the new freshmen because all of them just listen to mumble rap. Adama lost my trust as he was just playing pure out bad songs. And Christian Garner only plays white girl party songs. You can’t be always in the mood for that, that’s the thing. Like showing up on a Monday, being tired, I’m just not ready for Party in the U.S.A.” That leaves a short list of people he trusts with the aux cord. “It’s so boring to say just myself. Besides myself…I would probably trust…no one, I’m sorry, there’s no one definitive I trust.”  

Sigurdarson echoed Konradsson in banning Kaba, stating “I’ve told him multiple times I don’t trust him with the aux cord.”

Serafino and Farwell enacted an elaborate scheme to get Serafino the aux cord. Both Serafino and Garner play white girl party anthems, though Serafino claimed “Christian has the ‘oh I think I know the good ones and I come out with the legit ones.” With that in mind, Farwell banned Garner from the aux cord, so Serafino could play his music. Farwell trusted Diego [Ochoa] and Serafino, while Serfino trusted Garner and Farwell in a show of solidarity. Serafino also “locked in Sammy White” for whom he was banned from the aux cord.

Klein echoed Farwell, declaring “I trust [Ochoa] with my life on the aux.” The keeper banned “Victor or Alejandro [Zimmerman], but they play the same stuff all the time. Which, they probably say that about me.”

Now, there was a little contention when it came to who was being banned from the aux cord. Klein knows, “They hate when I’m on aux. I know they hate me for that because they’re always getting mad at my music.” Serafino hypothesized that Klein was banned by Sigurdarson and Konradsson. After someone (this reporter) accidentally gave Klein false information on who didn’t like his “wide variety of music,” Klein claimed, “Stef actually hates my aux, no, I know that.”

The reality is, Sigurdarson said, “I trust Brennan [Klein] a lot. I also trust Mo [Frahm]. I think I would trust Mo the best because I think our music styles are very similar.”

However, for one specific player, the team’s response was “[t]hink I need a change/Before I go insane, love.” The lyrics are from a Juice WRLD song titled All Girls Are the Same, but it might well have been titled All Songs are the Same because if you hand Michael Suski the aux cord the only artist he’s playing is Juice WRLD. And his teammates have collectively hit the limit of Juice WRLD they can listen to.

Thank you to each of the players who contributed to this piece for your time, honest answers, and good humor.

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