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Senior Spotlight, Sam Lokken-Ashwaubenon soccer

By Murray Gleffe


Name: Sam Lokken

Parents: John and Lisa Lokken

Activity: Soccer

Twitter: @thesamlokken

What is it like to be a leader on the soccer team at Ashwaubenon High School? “Being a leader on any soccer team adds a whole new level to the experience. I must keep in mind that my teammates will see how I act in every situation and it could very well rub off on them. Knowing that, I never give anything less than 100 percent in practice and on the field. I think setting this example helps better my teammates and gives them the best opportunities to improve. Soccer cannot be played as an individual and making sure the whole team is bettering themselves is very important to me.”

What is your most embarrassing moment ever in soccer? “My most embarrassing moment didn’t happen on a grass field, but on an indoor field. It was my very first game with a team of people I was completely unfamiliar with. I started as a defender for them and within the first few minutes of the game I managed to score a goal on my own team. It was nothing short of completely embarrassing. However, I saw this as adversity that needed to be overcome, and I went on that game to score twice giving us a winning score of 4-2.”

How many years have you been involved in soccer? “I’ve been playing soccer since I was three years old. I fell in love with the sport and it’s been my passion ever since.”

What is your most memorable moment? “My most memorable moment in my soccer career took place at a tournament with my old club team. We were there for a tournament that we knew would be very competitive and we did not have huge expectations for it. On the second day, we found ourselves in the championship match. We fought long and hard the whole game. Every ounce of will we could muster was poured into it, but we ended up losing. The heart my team showed gave me a feeling I won’t forget.”

What’s the hardest part about performing in a soccer game? “Soccer is a very mental game at times. The hardest part about it can often be making sure that for the entire 90 minutes you don’t slip up. You can’t take a break just because you feel like it. If you do, then that’s an opportunity for the opposing team to capitalize on your weakness and make a play. Even when the ball isn’t by you, your first thought always has to be where should I be moving to, so I can make a play.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? “If I could be anyone for one day, I would be the coach of a professional team. Besides getting a sideline view on some great soccer, I’ve always wanted to be a coach and have the opportunity to mold and inspire others.”

What is your sports routine before a big game starts? “Before a game I’ll be mostly silent and thinking to myself. It’s my way of preparing to submerge myself into the state of mind I need to be in in order to play my best. I focus myself before the game so that right from the start I can be ready.”

What is one thing that other teammates or coaches don’t know about you? “I don’t think many people realize the time I’ve put into soccer. I don’t claim to be the greatest player, but I do give credit to the endless hours of practice for the skill I do have. For as long as I can remember, I have played soccer at every opportunity possible even when it’s just me going over to the park and working on touches.”

Winning individual honors or a big team win? “I think that big team wins are much more important than individual honors. If I have the opportunity to share something great that my whole team has worked to accomplish, I will take that any day over any personal award.”

What are your college aspirations? “I plan on attending UW-Madison where I hope to move on to medical school afterwards.”

What would your dream job be once you graduate? “My dream job would be a medical practitioner with a side job of coaching youth soccer.”

What are your hobbies? “I enjoy kayaking and being with my family.”

What is your favorite event ever attended? “My first wedding. It was my cousins’ and it was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in my life between the dancing and general happiness of the atmosphere.”

What is your favorite type of music? “Rap or alternative rock”

What is your favorite thing to do on your phone? “I enjoy listening to music.”

What three words describe you? “Motivated, relaxed, and confident”

What is your favorite trip ever taken? “This summer I took a trip to the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and southern Canada and it was one of the most incredible things I’ve done in my life.”


Food: Lobster

Subject: Math

Color: Yellow

TV Show: “The Office”

Athlete: Ronaldinho

Board Game: Chutes and Ladders

Candy: Twix

Ice Cream: Rocky Road

Holiday: Christmas

Season: Summer

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