Timeout with….Goalie Sandy Leavy ’15

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Adam Nussbaum

Photography by Athletic Communications Senior goalkeeper Sandy Leavy practices his ball handling skills during team drills.
Photography by Athletic Communications
Senior goalkeeper Sandy Leavy practices his ball handling skills during team drills.

What’s the toughest part about playing goalie?

Trying to stay focused throughout the entire game. There are stretches where I can be out of the play for a few minutes. I would say the hardest thing is getting back into action after being inactive for a while.

What other sports have you played? Until when?

I played basketball my whole life as a secondary sport. I’ve always had a passion for it and I still play pick-up. It’s a fun way to stay in shape during the offseason.

When did you start playing soccer and how did you know it was right for you?

I started when I was very young. Both of my older sisters played so my parents thought I should give it a shot and I’ve stuck with it since. As I got older I participated in more competitive leagues and realized it was my sport.

Who has been the most influential figure throughout your soccer career?

My father. He was my coach when I started out and has supported me throughout my whole career. He taught me the game and has always been by my side, whether he was coaching or watching from the sidelines.

How has the team improved over the offseason?

A lot of guys put in individual work, making sure they are fit and ready to contribute when called upon. It’s the type of situation where everyone focused on their own game and then came together to mesh as a cohesive unit.

Did you participate in any leagues this past summer?

I actually stayed on campus with a bunch of guys so we trained and practiced together. Some of them include junior Eric West, sophomores Campbell Weyland and Ryan Egan and senior Dave Root. We formed great chemistry both on and off the field.

Who on the team deserves a shout-out for their performance thus far?

My entire back line, specifically the two center backs, freshman Chris Moyse and senior Julian Plummer.

Favorite vacation spot?

Costa Rica. I went there last spring break with some teammates and it was a great time.

What’s your favorite song to listen to before a game?

“Anything” by G-Easy.

Favorite movie?

“The Prestige.”

Chad Ochocinco and Metta World Peace are known for changing their names. If you were to change your name, what would you change it to?

Gloves McGee.

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?

Tim Howard.

What don’t people know about you?

Sandy is not my real name.