Chris “Big Dutch” Thompson is featured in this addition of “Amongst The Streak” article which
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highlight current Grace players who are asked a serious of questions. Here is how the 6’5 Golden Boot winner answered the questions.
Chris, what have you enjoyed most about being a part of the men’s soccer team here at Grace? I enjoy being part of a team that takes the word team seriously. The togetherness here is fantastic. It is nice to see a group of guys with talent and yet none of us let that go to our heads! We have worked hard and know how to play well together as a team.
What was the best personal moment of last season for you? I would have to say personally it was probably the thirty-five yard free kick against Andrews University. It was surreal when it went in.
Coach Buchanan wanted you to play (badly) during your first two years which you did not. What finally made you decide to play? To be honest I woke up from a nap and the guys that were in the dorm room said they had to leave to go to the soccer meeting. I decided, hey I have time now, I can play. But once I met everyone on the team I knew that I couldn’t pass up an opportunity such as this.
Going forward into the 2013 season, what are you looking forward to most? The tough games. We will be tested with a difficult schedule. I think we have the players and coaching staff to be a good team, one that may be the best in years. I can’t wait to see how we perform against some of the best teams in the area knowing what quality competition we will play against.
You were awarded Goal of The Year (Tied with Alex Stoddard’s bicycle kick) for your free kick against Andrews University. Describe how it came about. The reason I was able to take it was because Ryan (Snyder) was out, and it was exactly where I was fouled about 35 yards from goal. I was a bit angry about the poor challenge and I looked at Coach and said I got this. I lined up and hit it, thinking I missed it at first because it was rising, but it came back and landed in the upper right corner. It could not have gotten any better.
Coach Buchanan commented on how he sees you as a leader and how important that is. What qualities do you feel are important in leadership? Great leaders have the ability to relate to people. They have to be unbiased in their approach to each person the encounter. They have to be able to handle confrontation in the appropriate way whether it is on or off the field issues it is something to be handled.
Lastly, you are a senior close to graduation. Can you share with us a little bit about being a student at Grace and what your career plans may be as they have already started. My time here has been wonderful, but I still have a lot to look forward to with this my final year. I am currently the Youth Pastor at South Harbor Church in Byron Center. At the end of this semester I will be going on full time from my current half time position as I finish school.