Julian Gonzalez - TOTW

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Sophomore soccer player Julian Gonzalez,
Tiger of the Week for Sept. 19, 2014.
CHRISTA SCHROEDEL / THE DEPAUW

After scoring a goal in double overtime to beat 23rd ranked Thomas More College last Friday night, sophomore Julian Gonzalez is our Tiger of the Week. In his first year with the Tigers, Gonzalez shined, scoring 14 goals and assisting on three others. His 31 points were also good enough to rank him second on the team. In 2014, Gonzalez is tied for the team lead in goals with three and has chipped in with an assist. With a record of 4-3, Gonzalez and the rest of the Tigers will need to rely heavily on a solid performance in NCAC play that opens on Saturday.

The DePauw (TDP): It's only your second year here and you're already looking like one of the top goal scorers in DePauw history. What does that mean to you?

Julian Gonzalez (JG): It means a lot but I wouldn't be even close to breaking any records if it wasn't for my teammates. They help set me up for every goal last year.

TDP: What emotions ran through you after scoring the game winner against Thomas More?

JG: I was ecstatic. It was a major win for the team and I was glad I could put away that shot to end the game and get the win for the team.

TDP: With a less than stellar nonconference record, what does the team have to do to make the NCAA tournament?

JG: We know now that the only way to make it to the NCAA tournament is to win conference. We need to focus and understand that we will have to take it one game at a time.

TDP: Have any of your goals from the beginning of the year changed, or is it still to make a deep run in the NCAA?

JG: Our goal is always a NCAA national title. Nothing will ever change that.