Junior defender Alec Arsht is coming off a breakout season for the UC San Diego men's soccer team in 2011, starting all 18 games for the Tritons. While posting four goals and two assists, Arsht had a role in the team's four-game winning streak to finish out the season at 10-8 overall. With the 2012 season rapidly approaching, Arsht took some time to talk about his expectations for the Tritons' campaign.
Q- Talk about your training over the summer and getting ready to go into season this fall.
ARSHT- This summer I was lifting and running, or one of the two almost everyday.
Also, some of the guys, including myself who were living in San Diego, got together on several occasions each week and played for an hour or so.
Q- What would you say your role on the team is this year? As a junior do you find yourself becoming more of a leader?
ARSHT- On this year's team I believe that I need to be a leader. It's my third time around and I have a bit of experience, so I think it's time that I step up a bit in terms of leadership.
Q- What is the best thing about being a student-athlete at UC San Diego?
ARSHT- There are a lot of great things about being a student-athlete at UC San Diego, but I think the blend of being able to compete at a high level athletically and academically in a great place like La Jolla is my favorite aspect. As far as being on the men's soccer team goes, I wouldn't rather be on any other team with any other group of guys. We have a great group of guys and I enjoy being around them on and off the field.
Q- What role has your family played in your soccer career?
ARSHT- My family has constantly been extremely supportive of my soccer career, always my biggest fans and willing to make sacrifices in order for me to benefit. I can't thank them enough for all they've done.
Q- During the season, what sorts of things do you do off the field to take care of yourself so you stay in top shape on the field?
ARSHT- During season, life revolves around the season. Off the field, you have to pay a little more attention to what you eat, stay hydrated and keep an eye on your social life. I try to do all of those things.
Q- UCSD is a well-known university for its academic prowess as well as its success in the athletic arena. How do you balance the rigors of schoolwork and time on the field?
ARSHT- I actually find that I have more success in the classroom when going through the rigors of the season. I think that having soccer all of the time forces me to budget my time for schoolwork and not get lazy, which can easily happen once soccer slows down in the offseason.
Q- When not on the soccer field, what do you enjoy doing around San Diego?
ARSHT- When not playing soccer, I like to do what any other college kid does - hang out with friends and, since we're so close to the beach here in San Diego, I definitely find myself there a lot.
Q- Believe it or not, there's life after college. What do you think lies in the future for you?
ARSHT- I'm not sure what lies in my future, I don't think about it too much honestly. I'd love to be fortunate enough to continue playing soccer somewhere but maybe I'll travel a bit also, not really sure.
Q- Your team had no graduating seniors last season. What's it like knowing that the majority of your team will be on the field together again this season?
ARSHT- It's a great feeling. I think it will make our preseason move in a much swifter fashion. We all know each other already and have a good feeling for how each other play and act on the field. Last year we believed we were as good as anyone in the league and I expect us to feel that way and perform that way this year.
Q- What are three things you'd like to do or accomplish before you graduate from UCSD?
ARSHT- I want to win a CCAA championship and a national championship and maintain good grades in the classroom.
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