Senior Spotlight: Soccer’s Matt Ochman

Senior Spotlight: Soccer’s Matt Ochman

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Matt Ochman

The second Senior Spotlight on this final Saturday in May features boy’s soccer player Matt Ochman. Here is our conversation.

College? Major? I will be attending Cabrini College and will most likely be majoring in business.

Favorite class at CHS? My favorite class at CHS had to of been both Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 with Mrs. Orphanos.  Even though spanish was one of my least favorite subjects, Mrs. Orphanos is a great teacher and makes going to class really enjoyable.

Favorite movie? My favorite movie is Step Brothers.

Favorite song and/or artist? I don’t have a favorite song or artist. I usually just listen to any genre out there besides most country music.

Favorite TV show? Criminal Minds or Friends.

Most memorable moment from athletic career at CHS? My most memorable moment had to of been in the state semi-final when we beat Governor Livingston 2-1. We tied the game with less than 90 seconds remaining due to a great goal from Allen Barrett. Then we won in OT thanks to Mark Staudenmayer.

Will you be playing soccer in college? Yes I will be.

What will you miss most about CHS? I’m gonna miss the great staff at CHS and also being able to support all the other sports during my offseason no matter where the games are at.

Will you play with a club team this summer? If so, which one? Also, what do you hope to accomplish while playing for the club team? Will you be focusing on a certain aspect of your game? I’ve been playing with the same club team (Burlington County Soccer Academy) since I was about 8 years old and I finishing the 10 year career with the team this summer. I hope to win as much tournaments as possible this summer. The one part of my game I will certainly focus on is the being better at one on one defending.

What part of your game has improved the most during your varsity career? Throughout my varsity career I’ve improved on using my body size as an advantage to shield strikers off the ball and my throw ins into the box have definitely improved and helped the team this year since I got about 5 assists from them thanks for Pat McCarthy and Allen Barrett.

What do you look forward to the most about college? I really look forward to having freedom, living on my own and meeting the people I will be spending the next four years of my life with.

Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career at CHS? I have a lot of people that have had a huge influence on my career. Both my parents and my Pop-Pop have been very supportive by making coming to my games a priority. Even for my club team, my parents made sure I attended every game and practice to make sure I was a better player. Also, all the coaches I’ve had at CHS especially Coach Meile who coached me for all 4 years along with my club coach, Dave Howarth.

How did you first get interested in soccer? My dad was a big reason of why I play soccer today. He played throughout his high school career so he pushed my brother and I to start at a very young age. Also, he supported me in focusing just on soccer for the rest of my athletic career.

Image courtesy of Matt Ochman

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com