MARSHFIELD — With rather inexperienced group, Marshfield boys soccer coach Steve McCann is happy to have Leo Steiner on his team in more ways than one.
“We don’t have a lot of returning players, and he’s a strong leader and a returning player,” McCann said. “He’s one of our captains and he helped organize our boys to play club soccer during the summer and led captains practices with Hunter (McManus), our junior captain.
“I didn’t even ask him to form a summer team, he just took it upon himself to get the guys together and play.”
That’s pretty heady praise for a young man who has only been with the program for two years. Steiner moved to Marshfield from Portland, Ore.
Talk about what the team’s 4-0 win over SPASH last Tuesday means to you and the team? We started the season kind of slow. We have just six returning players, so guys are still learning. We didn’t play that well at our first tournament of the year or against Wausau West in our first conference game. During the game at SPASH, everyone stepped up and we had a fantastic game. I’m not sure what happened, but it was great to beat a team as fantastic as SPASH.
What does it mean to be one of your team captains and what responsibilities go with the title? It’s an honor to be a captain on this team and I am happy to be one. I try to help out with the younger guys and listen to anyone who wants to talk. Hunter McManus is the other captain and he got everyone together for captain’s practices during the summer. I want to make the season fun and for us to be tight on and off the field. My hope is that we can do well and have fun and doing that is the trick.
Name something you want to check off your bucket list by the time you are 40: I want to live or study abroad. I got a taste of that when I went to Japan when I was 10. There is so much to see in the world and so many cultures that would be incredible to see.
You came to Marshfield from Portland, Ore. What brought your family to central Wisconsin and what will you always love about Oregon? We moved here after my sophomore year when my dad got a job at the Marshfield Clinic. Growing up in Portland is a huge change from here. It’s much larger, it took me 30 to 45 minutes to get to school every day. Portland’s public bus system is great. I usually took the bus home from school. The city has great restaurants, especially burger places. I totally miss Mt. Hood and the scenery out there. I loved going to Crater Lake too, it was one of my favorite places to visit. In the summer it’s just beautiful and in the winter there was 30 feet of snow so it was completely white. I miss the scenery, but I will say that people are a lot nicer here in Marshfield.
Mark Massoglia can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext 4736 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @markmazzy.
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