MU Soccer - Michael Greene

After finishing 1-15-1 and missing out on any sort of postseason play, Marquette soccer is turning the page to next season. One of the bright spots from this campaign who should have a big impact next season is freshman Michael Greene. Marquettehoops.com's Jeff Wolf recently caught up with the Brooklyn Park, Minn. native at O'Donnell Hall.

After finishing 1-15-1 and missing out on any sort of postseason play, Marquette soccer is turning the page to next season. One of the bright spots from this campaign who should have a big impact next season is freshman Michael Greene.

Greene missed the first few games of the season because the NCAA had problems processing transcripts from his freshman year of high school in Liberia, Africa. His first match action came on September 8 against DePaul, and from then on, he brought relentless energy to the Marquette attack.

Marquettehoops.com recently caught up with the Brooklyn Park, Minn. native at O'Donnell Hall.

Greene on the soccer team's biggest jokester, sophomore Dan Addis:
Basically he tries to tell me things, talk to me, ask me about my girlfriend, and make fun of what she calls me.

On who was the team's hardest worker this season:
[Senior Matt] Soper, the captain. Even though he was out a couple games because of injury, he was always there pushing us.

On freshman defender Tim Jallow:
I think he made the biggest improvement [this season] getting used to the system. He's always in the backline saying "push up," "drop back," just like a general in the middle telling us what to do on defense. He's right there next to the goalie [as a leader on the back line.]

On his pregame preparations:
I usually say a prayer – just my thing. I just sit by myself, concentrate, and focus on what am I going to do.

On what music he listens to in the locker room:
Basically whatever [my teammates] play. I try to sing along, even though I'm not the best singer.

On his typical day at Marquette:
I wake up. I've got practice, usually at 8. After that I've got to go to 10 o'clock class. I have three classes in a row. Then I've got a break. Then I go to 2 o'clock class, come home, relax, eat something, take a nap, study, go to bed, wake up, and do it all over again.

On growing up in Liberia:
You play soccer year round. [You] go to school in the morning – I usually walked to school. I wasn't from a rich family and not every school's got busses. I'd go to school, come home, play soccer, study. It was soccer year round. Nothing but soccer. Basically soccer is my life.

On going to high school in Liberia:
High school is the same except we didn't go to teachers, teachers came to us. You're in a class, like say eleventh graders. Every one of you is in one class and the teachers are going through the rotation. It's kind of boring, sitting in one place for a couple hours. [You and your class] get lunch together, do everything together. You just know one set of people and that's it.

On why his family came to the United States:
Because of the war [in Liberia] first. I always wanted to come here, but the war was the main reason I was able to come here. And I'm happy to be here.

On being a member of Marquette's track team:
I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be hard changing from soccer right into another season – running – but I love to run. It's fun to run. I run sprints – 100, 200 and 400 meters, and sometimes relays if I get the opportunity.

On his goals as a student and as an athlete:
First and foremost, I'd like to get a good education. Soccer is not my first priority but it pays the way [through college], and if I get an opportunity to go professional that would be great. For the team, I'm hoping to come back next season, hit it, get a lot of wins, and make the fans proud. I love the fans and I don't like to see, when we lose, the look on their faces and having to say hi [when I see them around campus]. It just makes me fell bad. I like to make the fans proud and make them feel happy because we are winning. Hopefully, next season [we can] go to the Big East tournament and, by the grace of God, the NCAA tournament.


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