Cougar of the Week: Connor Maguire

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Connor Maguire (’18) has recovered from the concussion he sustained last year to take his title as head goalie for Clark’s men’s soccer team. Maguire has had a great season starting in seven of ten games, and has saved all but eleven shots in those starts. He is a sophomore from Dunstable Mass., and is majoring in biochemistry. He sat down with THE SCARLET to discuss returning from a concussion to the goal, what goes into being a college goalie, and how the season is going.

Photo taken by Julia Schroeder

Photo taken by Julia Schroeder

Scarlet: How is the season going so far?

Maguire: Not as well as we hoped. We are 2-7-1 after the loss this weekend…We are barely losing games; one nothing, two nothing. So we are right there, we are just missing something and we are trying to figure it out what that last piece of the puzzle is to get the ball rolling. We are not out of it yet we just need three wins to get us in the playoffs, and I think we have four conference games left.

Scarlet: I know a significant number of first years joined the team, how has that been?

Maguire: It’s good, I think nine guys joined the team this year. We are bringing a lot of guys in and we definitely got a lot bigger from last year. We only lost three guys last year and we are having a lot of guys contributing. Some are starters and some guys are coming right off the bench.

Scarlet: Last year you suffered from a concussion, did you have some hesitancy coming back from it?

Maguire: Yeah. During the latter half of last year I did for a little bit. I came back for the last game of the season.  I wanted to come back. But when going into tough challenges at the goal against opponents, I was a little hesitant. Coming back this year I felt great, I am not really that hesitant, and it’s not really affecting me anymore.

Scarlet: How do you manage being both being an athlete, and taking difficult classes like organic chemistry?

Maguire: It’s tough, but it’s all time management and making sure you are on top of things, not getting behind and talking to your professors…I mean some nights I’m up until one studying. It’s just about dealing with the time and so far I have been doing a good job with it and staying on top of things.

Scarlet: When you’re not practicing soccer or studying for chemistry, what do you like to do?

Maguire: Not a lot of time to do those things, but when I do have a free time, I play a lot of FIFA, Super Mario Strikers, and Super Smash Bros. We are big GameCube guys in Dana, so a lot of that!

Scarlet: I know you live with Willie McDonald (‘18) who’s also goalkeeper on the team. Do you guys get super competitive with each other in practice?

Maguire: Willie gets super competitive with FIFA. Other than that, not really. Last year we weren’t as good of friends as we are this year, but coming back and living together we are super good friends and there is no hostility between us at all.

Scarlet: What is the goalie rotation like? How does it work?

Maguire: Our coach is really trying to take advantage of the fact that we have four goalies who are all very capable of going out there and winning games for us. He factors in injuries, and who’s feeling good that week. Coach really tries to be fair. Every week it’s a clean slate. Whoever played well that week is going to stay in goal.

Scarlet: What has been your favorite moment so far this season?

Maguire: That’s a tough one. Probably the game against WPI. It was first conference game of the season, and everyone in spring was excited and looking forward to the start of the fall. It was a tough loss, but it was fun.

Scarlet: What are you looking forward to now?

Maguire: I am looking forward to [seeing] what we can do this kind of second half [of the season], and really see how we can turn it around and make it the season we wanted, because right now it’s not going [how] we thought it would be. We are really looking to turn it around starting this weekend.

Scarlet: How do you feel about fan turnout this year? Is it better than last year?

Maguire: I’d say on average it’s better than last year. I know a lot more people are coming out for the Wednesday games than last year. We have a few huge conference games coming up that are must wins for us, and we are treating them like playoff games. I know they are going to be really good, and I hope we get the fan support behind that.

Scarlet: Do you find yourself feeding of the crowd’s energy, or do you clear your mind and only focus on goalkeeping?

Maguire: I am a big fan of it. If the crowd is into it and people are hooting and hollering, I love it. I love being able to play in front of people who are really getting into it. It gets me going!

Scarlet: Is there anything else you would like to say to readers of The Scarlet?

Maguire: Probably just come out and support us. As athletes, we really try to get involved with the academic side and we really put a lot of effort in what we do. It’s really tough balancing everything so we really like it when we see people from our classes [coming] out and supporting us. I know a couple times in my organic chemistry class a couple people come up to me and tell me how well I played. That stuff means a lot, more than you’d think, and it’s really nice to hear.

 

 

The men’s soccer team has three home games left in the regular season. They will play Babson on Oct. 10, Emerson on Oct. 24, and Wheaton on Oct. 31 on the Granger Soccer Turf. Come out and support Clark Men’s Soccer as they look to make a playoff run during the second half of the season.