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Athlete of the Week Q & A: Zach Zagorski

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Updated: October 21, 2014

Each Tuesday, BRSN sits down for a Q & A session with the BRSN Athlete of the Week. This week, we caught up with our first Athlete of the Week Men’s Soccer Captain senior goalkeeper Zach Zagorski following his shutout performance which led the Big Red to a 1-0 victory over Yale.

BRSN: Zach thanks for your time and congratulations on being named the BRSN Athlete of the Week! Your contributions in the net led to a key 1-0 victory over Ivy League opponent Yale. What does this victory mean for you and the team?

ZZ: Every Ivy game is tough, and Yale was a solid team that shows much better than their record. It was a really important result for us, as we knew we had to start getting points in the league. With the win, we can go into Brown next weekend with everything still to play for.

BRSN: The shutout over Yale marked your 13th career shutout with the Big Red (3rd in team history) and 9th of the season breaking the team record for shutouts in a season. What does this accomplishment mean for you given that there have been some great goalies to wear the Big Red uniform in the past?

ZZ: No goalkeeper earns shutouts on their own, so these are as much team records as any. Every game multiple guys are making plays that prevent goal-scoring opportunities. Its also been great to see the back line, with some new parts, come together so quickly and be extremely effective so far this season.

BRSN: Over the past two years your team has created difficulties for opposing offenses. What has lead to this success on the defensive half?

ZZ: We’ve always prided ourselves on playing defense as a team, starting with the forwards who put in a lot of work up the field. Other than that, its been great to play behind such solid defenders throughout my career. From year to year, every group focuses for the full game and doesn’t take any plays off.

BRSN: For those who do not get to see you play every day, how would you describe your approach in the net?

ZZ: I try to do the simple things right, as I’m not as big or imposing as some other keepers. Being clean with the ball and keeping the back four organized can help prevent a lot of issues throughout a game.

BRSN: Although we know you spend much of your time improving your game on the pitch, outside of soccer, what are some of your hobbies or areas of interest?

ZZ: We play a lot of FIFA around the soccer houses when we have time. I’m also a big hockey fan, so I watch the Devils games when I can.

BRSN:What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

ZZ: My favorite food in Ithaca is The Nine’s pizza.

BRSN: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us and congratulations!

ZZ: Thanks again for the honor!

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