Q and A with Marlin of the Week Nick Peterson
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University athletic department showcases a question and answer feature with our Marlin of the Week. The third student-athlete selected this year is men's soccer sophomore Nick Peterson.
Peterson started in net three times last week, the first three starts of his career. He allowed just one goal as the Marlins won all three matches. Peterson registered 11 saves, good for a .917 save percentage. He stopped five shots in his first start, a 3-0 victory over N.C. Wesleyan.
1. Why did you choose Virginia Wesleyan University?
Virginia Wesleyan was an obvious choice to me because of the small class sizes and close team atmosphere. The coaching staff and team members here made the transition to college athletics very easy and enjoyable.
2. How did it feel to hold opponents to just one goal last week while making 11 saves as VWU went 3-0?
Although it was a great feeling to be able to shutout two opponents and hold the third to a single goal, most of the credit is deserving to the back line. Through all types of adversity and game situations they were able to stay calm and work through it. I just try to have their back and support them in the same way that they would for me.
3. What was it like knowing that you would be making your first start last Tuesday against N.C. Wesleyan?
Going through all of last year and the beginning of this year without real game time may make it seem as though it was hard, but I have been well-trained and mentally prepared by the coaching staff therefore I knew that I was ready for any game situation that came my way.
4. What are your aspirations after graduation?
After graduation I would like to continue with the Spanish language and culture in a way that helps the underprivileged immigrants and citizens in our communities. Throughout my high school career I was able to witness and be exposed to the situations these individuals go through and the potential that they have. I feel as though those of us with more life opportunities and connections can help make a difference in the community by including a more diverse group of people.