Junior Michel-Ange Siaba has brought consistent determination and physical power to his team for the past three years.
The Campanile: What is your position on the soccer team?
Michel-Ange Siaba: I play striker and goalie.
TC: What would you say are your greatest accomplishments?
MS: I would say that I’ve been very consistent in my playing style and I’ve been putting the team ahead in a lot of ways. My biggest contribution so far was the preseason tournament as a backup goalie for Eli Friedlander.
TC: Do you have any special routines to psyche yourself up before the game?
MS: Usually I do things in the moment. I have my war cry to get pumped and I breathe really heavily through my nose so that I’m not nervous.
TC: Can you simulate this war cry for me?
MS: Uhh … Not while there is a class going on.
TC: Okay, we can go over here. [moves] Now?
MS: Ha-ha … EEEEYYYAA! Except a lot louder. Like “raaarrr.”
TC: What are some things that could be improved about soccer?
MS: If they could eliminate running from the sport, that would be great. Also, better officials. Most of them are not really good and it’s frustrating.
TC: If you could perform physical harm to those officials what would you do?
MS: Hmm … I feel like I would just replace their eyeballs. I would gouge their eyeballs out and replace them because some of them are just clearly blind.
TC: How long have you been on varsity?
MS: I’ve been officially on for two years, although I played here and there when I was a freshman.
TC: Who do you admire most on the team?
MS: Eli Friedlander. He’s a good player, but it’s hard to find a good player who consistent every game. As a goalkeeper that’s a necessity, but Eli pulls off crazy moves.
TC: What are you guys looking to improve as a team before CCS?
MS: We’ve been talking a lot about having better practices. We get better during practice, but right now we aren’t focused and we can’t improve.
TC: What is your favorite part of soccer?
TC: Why do you like winning?
MS: Getting to celebrate, because you can get a good goal and then dish out a good celebration.
TC: Do you have any standard routines?
MS: Well, my go-to is usually the backflip. Or I open up my arms and just let everyone hug me and they touch my head and say, “Oh, you’re so good!”
TC: Is your head the only thing they touch?
MS: Head, amongst other parts.
TC: What are these other parts Michel?
MS: Is this necessary?
TC: Yeah totally!
MS: They touch me in the back and you know. Slap me in the — I don’t know.