The Dover High School boys soccer team is off to a strong start, due in part to the strong play of junior forward Matt Hogsten, who has been finding the back of the net regularly for the Senators.
School Dover High School
Height 5 feet 11 inches
Weight 142 pounds
Since the first week of his freshman year, Matt Hogsten has been contributing wins to the Dover High School boys soccer team.
Now a junior, Hogsten has moved from young contributor to lead scorer for the Senators, with five goals through the team’s first three games.
The veteran Dover player sat down with the Dover Post Sept. 23 to talk about how his role has changed on the team, as well as where the Senators want to end up this year.
Q Through the first three games, you’re averaging more than a goal per game. Did you expect this kind of production coming into the year?
A I didn’t expect that many. You always come in thinking you can score but it’s good to see when you actually do it.
Q Is there pressure that comes with being the goal scorer on a team?
A Yeah there’s pressure, but I like it. Everybody’s counting on you to do stuff so you’ve just got to try to do it, and if not you set other people up and give them an opportunity to score.
Q You’ve gotten varsity playing time since you were a freshman. How did that affect your development?
A It helped me as I went along getting that experience. Now that I’m finally up there and people look up to me, I just have to make sure that I do the right thing and show the young players how to do it so they can do it when they get to where I’m at now.
Q Have you noticed a change in yourself now that you’re one of the veterans?
A I’m more of a leader now. I’ve got to keep doing the right things and be a role model to the other kids. You’ve just got to try hard and do everything you can, and have fun doing it. As long as you have fun with it, it’s a good time. I’m more vocal, too, because I’ve learned a lot more playing and gaining experience.
Q When you came in as a freshman, your brother Steve was a senior on the team. What benefit did that present?
A It helped because I bonded with the team and already knew most of the kids, so it kind of helped me get my role on the team instead of not knowing anybody and having to go through all of that.
Q What’s the expectation for your team this year?
A I think most of us want to be conference champions, and go to the tournament and do well there. The further in we go, the better.
Q With nine seniors on the team this year, is there a sense of urgency to get the older guys a successful season to go out on?
A We definitely have a lot of seniors, so they have a lot of drive to get it done and do it this year. So we kind of have to adapt to that and do it for them, too.
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WHO Dover High School (2-1, 2-1) vs. Polytech High School (0-3, 0-3)
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
WHERE Dover High School Stadium, 1 Patrick Lynn Drive, Dover