Her­nan­dez ath­lete of the week

Soc­cer stand­out key in States­men’s re­cent vic­to­ries

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SOUTH PRINCE GE­ORGE – Richard Bland Col­lege fresh­man men's soc­cer stand­out Uziel Her­nan­dez/ The Vil­lages, Florida has been named the Ath­let­ics De­part­ment's Ath­lete of the Week for the pe­riod Oc­to­ber 2-8.

The for­ward led the na­tion­ally-ranked No. 15 States­men to a pair of vic­to­ries last week, in­clud­ing a 5-3 road win at Re­gion X ri­val Louis­burg (N.C.) Col­lege on Oct. 4 and a 9-1 home win past in-state re­gion op­po­nent Pa­trick Henry Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Oct. 7.

Her­nan­dez started both matches, post­ing one goal and one as­sist against the Hur­ri­canes, fol­lowed by two goals and two as­sists against the Pa­tri­ots. He has started all 14 con­tests this sea­son for Richard Bland (13-1, 11-1 Re­gion X), to­tal­ing 10 goals (four gamewin­ners) and seven as­sists for 27 points, rank­ing first on the team in as­sists, while sec­ond in goals, game-win­ning goals and points. Uziel is tied for 14th na­tion­ally in game-win­ning goals (4) this week, while tied for 41st in points (27), tied for 45th in goals (10) and tied for 47th in as­sists (7).

See be­low for a brief Q&A on his Ath­lete of the Week selec­tion. Ath­letes of the Week are cho­sen by mem­bers of the Richard Bland Ath­let­ics De­part­ment.

Q: How does it feel to be named Richard Bland Ath­lete of the Week?

UH: It feels amaz­ing and I'm very hon­ored to be named Ath­lete of the Week. It has been my goal since I first heard about the award, and I'm very happy and for­tu­nate to earn this great ac­com­plish­ment.

Q: How did you get started in your sport and how long have you played?

UH: I started play­ing when I was eight years old with the sup­port of my par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers who made me the player I am. I have been play­ing for 11 years and my coaches have also had a big role in my life.

Q: What do you like most about your team?

UH: The bond that we share with each other and the way ev­ery­one al­ways has your back when­ever you're in need of help - the com­pet­i­tive­ness and strong de­sire ev­ery­one has for the sport and the hard-work­ing abil­ity that each of us brings to prac­tice.

Q: Who is your fun­ni­est team­mate/why?

UH: Jamie McAvoy (from Ayr, Scot­land). Even though his ac­cent is dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand, ev­ery­thing he says is just funny be­cause of the way he pro­nounces ev­ery­thing.

Q: Do you have any pregame rit­u­als/su­per­sti­tions?

UH: I usu­ally point to the sky be­fore a game to honor my grand­fa­ther who had a big part in my life.

Q: What is your fa­vorite place on cam­pus/why?

UH: States­man Hall, usu­ally to ball out and shoot a cou­ple of bas­kets, or in the weight room to work­out.

Q: What is your fa­vorite class/ pro­fes­sor/why?

UH: Al­ge­bra with Ja­son Pode, In­struc­tor of Math­e­mat­ics. He is very help­ful and very un­der­stand­ing. He tries very hard to help you un­der­stand the les­son so that you'll do well in his class.


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