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Male athlete of the week: Brian Simcic

| Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Brian Simcic

School: Springdale

Sport: Boys soccer

Class: Senior

Simcic has helped lead Springdale to records of 11-2 overall and 7-1 in Section 2-A play and a No. 5 ranking in Class A by Tribune-Review News Service. The 6-foot, 220-pound Simcic has been a part of eight shutouts this season. Springdale lost in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last season but could be poised for a long run this year.

Q What have been the keys to Springdale's success this season• Really good defense.

This is your third season as the starting goalkeeper. How is that experience benefitting you this year• I've learned what not to do. It's a whole lot easier for me now. I'm talking to my defense more, making sure they are in the right spots.

When the Springdale girls soccer team made it to the championship game last season, did that inspire you and your teammates• We're trying to do the same thing (and get to the finals). We try to make as many of the girls games as we can. Many of them come to our games.

Does soccer get attention from the student body• It's not the biggest. Football is still the biggest. We're starting to (get more fans), but not as many as we want.

What team is Springdale's top rival in soccer• Riverview. They're right across the river, and they're always giving us a lot of competition. We have one more game against them at home on Senior Night (7 p.m. Oct. 9).

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