Chatting with Parker Siegfried, you can easily feel the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Ohio State men’s soccer season. A new chapter begins tomorrow as the team reports Tuesday morning for preseason camp and meet with the new coaching staff directed by first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve. Siegfried, a redshirt junior goalkeeper, has been the Buckeyes’ starter the last two years and will look to step into a leadership role in 2018.
“At this point as an older member of the team, you really know what to expect when it comes to the highs and lows throughout a season and how to handle it. The new coaching staff has added excitement around the upcoming year. When I was leaving Asheville a few weeks ago, I was really excited to return to campus and get started.”
“On the field, I think my distribution on the ground has cleaned up a lot. Hopefully that’s something we can utilize a lot this fall. We don’t have too much experience returning on our backline, but that is something I’m not worried about. I know the guys that are playing in front of me are talented enough and dedicated. It will work out.”
Siegfried, a 2016 Big Ten All-Freshmen selection, has started in 34 matches the last two seasons. Last year, Siegfried broke the school-record for consecutive shutouts with six between Sept. 1-22.
“I’ve gotten to know the coaching staff a little bit, but not much. And I think that’s the exciting part about this preseason. It’s been extra motivation for the guys to stay sharp this summer because they want to show what they can do.”
“It’s a challenge right from the start of preseason because there isn’t much time before we play our exhibition match against a very good Creighton team. We need to try and incorporate the freshmen into our team quickly. It will also be a learning experience for everyone since we will be doing new drills and training sessions we’ve never seen before.”
“Preseason is great. I love practice and I think most soccer players do too. You’re playing soccer twice a day, eating good meals and probably playing two hours of Fortnite in the hotel. This is hard to say but probably Devyn Etling is the best Fortnite player on the team and probably me. Definitely not Brady [HAHA].”
“This fall we are hungry to get to work. With the new coaching staff, anything is possible. We can’t wait for the students to come back on campus and cheer us on during the opening weekend with the Wolstein Classic. The games will be entertaining and high-level soccer. Everyone will get to see the start of a new chapter of Ohio State Soccer. I couldn’t be more excited.”