Andover Boys Soccer post-graduate goalkeeper Jack Katkavich ’13 has been a wall in net all season, allowing no goals. His efforts have contributed to his team’s 5-0-1 record and have earned him the title of Athlete of the Week.
How long have you been playing soccer?
I started playing soccer for various club and town teams when I was about seven years old. In eighth and ninth grade, I hung up the boots to pursue my lifelong dream of being a football player. Unfortunately, my stature ended my football career abruptly, and I picked up soccer again as a sophomore.
Why goalie? Have you ever played in the field?
My entire life, I played in the field, but going into my junior year, my old school’s soccer program only had one goalie. I decided to jump on the opportunity and tried out as a keeper.
Any pre-game rituals?
Once on the field, I give each of my defensive backs a high five and say “No goals.” Then I give center back [and Captain] Jack McGeachie ’13 a shoulder bump.
What’s your favorite pump-up song?
“Right Above It” by Lil Wayne.
What’s your favorite soccer trick?
Nutmegs. During practice we play a game called “Megs” to practice them. If someone puts the ball through your legs, you have to do five push ups. I am not very good, so I end up doing a lot of push ups.
How do you mentally prepare for games?
In the locker room before games, I like to picture the plays I will need to make. Other than that, I try to remain calm and easygoing by having fun during warm-ups.
What do you think of the team’s start?
It is hard to argue with a 5-0-1 start, but we still haven’t played our best soccer yet. I am excited to see the team finally put everything together as we head into the heart of our schedule.
Everyone is wondering about your flow. What is your hair care regimen?
Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 dandruff shampoo twice a day and a quick comb before first period.
What makes BVS special?
Since day one of our Team Prep camp, we have been able to just have fun. We are just a group of guys who love to play soccer and have a good time doing it. Our team motto for the season has been “for the boys,” and I really think our play demonstrates that.