Athlete of the Week: Tim Marchese ’11

Tim Marchese ’11 led the Andover attack this week with four goals in two games. This standout performance earned him the honor of The Phillipian Athlete of the Week. Q: When did you first start playing soccer? A: I first started playing soccer when I was five years old. Q: What is with the white wristbands this year? A: The team wrist bands was an idea by our coach to strengthen our team’s unity. Q: Who did you root for in the World Cup this summer? Why? A: I rooted for the South African team because I was fortunate enough to be in South Africa at the time of the World Cup and experience the native support and enthusiasm for the local team. Q: If you could compare yourself to a professional soccer player, who would it be? Why? A: Xavi, because he is one of the best possession players, and that is the style of soccer I try to emulate. Q: What is your favorite pregame meal? A: A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Q: What is the most played song on your iPod before a game? A: Beautiful Bliss by J. Cole Q: What allowed you to score the four goals this week? A: The team moved the ball around fluidly with a limited number of touches, and I was lucky enough to be on the end of some great crosses. Q: What makes the Andover soccer program unique compared to other teams you have played for previously? A; Each player goes to school with his teammates and trains with them every day. This allows us to develop stronger relationships and feel more comfortable pushing each other on the field. Q: What is your best ball trick while juggling? My best trick is most likely the double around the world. Q: What are you personal and team goals for this remainder of the season? My personal goal is probably the same as the team’s; we began the season with the goal of winning the New England Prep tournament, and that still stands today.