The Courier-Journal: What do you love about the sport of soccer?
Vejar: It’s just a way to get away, clear my head. It’s always been fun for me, unlike any other sport I played. And I’ve always played with a great group of guys, which makes it more enjoyable.
What’s the best part of the game?
Vejar: My favorite part is either the pregame, just hanging out with my teammates and getting ready or winning any type of championship and sharing it with them.
What type of music do you listen to when you’re preparing to play?
Vejar: It’s mostly instrumentals, just the beats of songs. And there’s some Christian gospel.
C-J: What made you decide to attend Bellarmine?
Vejar: I got to know the coach (Tim Chastonay) and always liked him. I liked to get the chance to play for him. They’ve got everything I need for college, for my major, once soccer is done.
C-J: What pointed you toward pre-pharmacy?
Vejar: Science has always been my favorite subject in school. It comes pretty natural to me. It interested me more than any class I’ve taken.
C-J: Who has been your role model?
Vejar: I don’t have a specific role model, but there’s been a lot of people in my life who have influenced me like my close friends (Skyler Davis and Tyler Fridley), my dad and my current high school coach. They know how to keep me together and keep me pushing to be better.
C-J: What have you learned from playing high school soccer?
Vejar: It’s different from club soccer and the competitive level. You still want to win, but there’s more of a family value. You build close relationships at your high school, even with those who aren’t on your team. There are always people coming out to support you every game, and that’s real important.
C-J: What’s your secret for distributing the ball?
Vejar: I’m in the right place at the right time, and my teammates are always making the right runs at the right time. I just have real good players to feed off of.
C-J: For a long time, experts have been saying soccer will be the next big sport in this country. How do you see it progressing?
Vejar: High school soccer and club soccer have a long way to go before they reach the international level. But it’s coming along faster than people thought it would have. More people want to play in high school, even if they don’t have a soccer background.
— Justin Sokeland