October 15, 2013

Q and A with Hornet of the Week Jonathan Sheffield

Q and A with Hornet of the Week Jonathan Sheffield

The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The seventh student-athlete selected this year is men's soccer senior Jonathan Sheffield.

Sheffield recently had the best week of his Hornet career. He collected a shutout in each Lynchburg match last week, both 1-0 victories, giving him five for the season. He made four saves against Guilford College on Wednesday before collecting seven at Bridgewater College on Saturday. His performance has moved him into the top five in the conference in save percentage (.826), while his goals against average has now dropped below one (0.97).

You recently collected two shutouts with 1-0 wins over Guilford College and Bridgewater College this past week. What was going right for you to not allow a goal in 180 minutes?

I have to give all the credit to my teammates. We played great team defense and dominated in both games. We had a great week at practice and it showed in our games.

What is your favorite thing about Lynchburg men's soccer?

My favorite thing about Lynchburg men's soccer is definitely hanging out and practicing with all of my teammates. We have great camaraderie on our team both on and off the field. 

You came in as a transfer student. What drew you to Lynchburg College and what do you like most?

My best friend Zach Rusk went here so I came to visit and I really liked the campus. When I came to visit I kicked around with the Lynchburg men's soccer team and after seeing the campus and getting to play soccer with them I knew I wanted to come here. What I like most about going to Lynchburg College is playing for the soccer team.    

You stepped in this year and assumed the starting job in goal. How has that affected you as a student-athlete and as a member of the Hornets?

I have always had to balance being an athlete and a student at the same time. This semester stepping up as a starter has showed me the importance of doing my best in and outside the classroom. I am truly honored to be the starting goalkeeper for the Lynchburg men's soccer team and a member of the Hornets.