Editor's Note: The Spider men's soccer team has added nine newcomers to its roster this season. This fall we'll interview each of them to give readers a better idea of who they are off the pitch. This week we kick it around with freshman defender Mark Rankin.
Why did you choose UR? For the great academics, beautiful school, and hoping to play soccer here.
What does it mean to be a Spider? It means being unique because we are the only school in the country whose mascot is the Spiders.
What do you see as your role on the team this season? To give 100% everyday
When did you begin playing soccer? When I was 6 years old
What has been your most memorable soccer moment? Winning a U.S. Club National Championship
What do you like most about the sport? The combination of finesse and power
Who has had the greatest impact on your soccer career and why?
My old soccer coach, Felix Raystin. He taught me not only the physical aspect of soccer, but also the mental aspect of the game.
Who pushes you the most at practice? Myself
If you didn't play soccer, what sport would you play? Lacrosse because everyone in my hometown grows up playing it
What is your major/intended major? Possibly Business
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to fly
is your favorite...
Movie: I Love You, Man
TV Show: Entourage or Psych
Book: Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
Subject in school: History
Pro Athlete: Dwight Howard
Restaurant: CP Shuckers in Virginia Beach
Musical Artist/Band: Jack Johnson
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