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Student athlete profile - Phillip Mathew


Last updated 10/23/2019 at 3:37pm | View PDF

Jim Slonoff

Name: Phillip Mathew

Year: senior

Hometown: Hinsdale

What's your earliest memory of playing soccer?

It all started in Hinsdale with AYSO. I think back to all those many weekend mornings, and my dad was my coach. I started developing my skills and built that love for the game.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

I've just always loved the technical side of it, the movement of the ball and being able to take people on one on one. I also love how soccer builds a lot of characteristics like teamwork and communication and leadership.

How have you evolved as player since freshman year?

Of course I've become more skillful on the ball and just a lot more knowledgeable of my position (midfielder) and what my role is on the team. I've also really been developing my leadership skills, being able to motivate all my teammates. Last year Coach Wiggins started Soccer Central, where we just talk about the values that we hold that are important for us on the field, off the field, in the classroom and in the community.

How do you lean into your role as captain?

I'm just always motivating people, trying to get the best out of them so we can play to our best potential as a team. I always try to compliment them and say what I've observed, helping us learn how to become a better team.

Are there any professional players you look up to?

As a midfielder, I've always looked up to Spanish players Xabi and Iniesta. I've just always admired their style of play, facilitating the offense and their quick decision making.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I'm passionate about music. I sing, play piano and play guitar. I also write and produce my own original music. When I'm not playing soccer, I'm most likely recording and producing.

Why does coach Mike Wiggins enjoy having Mathew on the squad?

Philly is so great in so many ways. As coaches we care about our soccer athletes, and Philly cares just as much, representing the guys so positively within our soccer Central culture on the field, off the field, in the classroom and in the community. He is one of many that our younger players in the program and the youth in the community can look up to.

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Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean

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