Geoff Clapp, Howard, boys soccer

Q&A --

October 25, 2006|By Glenn Graham

A four-year starter and captain, Clapp has mostly played sweeper this season but also has been used at center midfielder and striker for the Lions. He started playing soccer when he was 4 years old and currently plays for the Thunder Soccer Club. With a 4.0 grade point average, Clapp wants to study math and computer science. Among the colleges he is considering are William & Mary, St. Mary's and Maryland. Clapp was the class president his sophomore and junior years and is vice president of the National Honor Society.

What's the key to be able to play all the different positions you've played this season, and which one do you enjoy the most?

It's a different mind-set for each of the positions and you just have to be really focused on doing the role that you're in. I like playing center back and striker better, but I don't mind center midfield, either.

You said public speaking was one of the toughest things about being class president. Do you remember the first time you talked in front of a crowd?

It was in my freshman year for elections for our sophomore year. I pretty much couldn't stop shaking and I had trouble looking at anyone. It was just horrible, but I've been better over the last couple years. It's a lot easier now because I know a lot more people and I've been working with them, so I have a comfort level being in front of people.

What is tougher, shutting down a top forward or public speaking?

I think talking in front of people is definitely harder because I've been playing soccer for so much longer.

What is it about soccer that grabbed your attention and kept it?

I just grew up with it and was around it all the time. My parents and I have been going to Baltimore Blast indoor soccer games since I was 1 or 2. The biggest thing I remember was always going to the locker room before the game and giving everybody high-fives. I actually knew all the players.

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