By Nicholas Poblete/Staff Writer
For FIU’s men’s soccer team freshman defender Owen Green, the transition into college has been eased by coaching staff and teammates alike.
Owen Green, majoring in sports medicine, attended high school just a few miles away from FIU, at Doral Academy. The Miami native plays on the right side of the Panthers’ defense. For Green, his main goal is to improve as much as possible throughout his college career and hope to give it his all for the team.
Green finds that the biggest difference between high school and college soccer is the intensity in which the game is played.
“How fast the game is played, how quick you have to be on your feet and in your head as well,” he said.
Greens’ coaches and teammates have also played a significant role helping him through the difficult transitional period.
“All the coaches, staff and every single player on the team does everything they can to possibly help me, to help me improve,” Green said.
Head Coach Kevin Nylen said that his upperclassmen have done a good job making Green and the other incoming freshmen feel included.
“Just because you’re a freshman doesn’t mean that you’re on the outskirts,” Nylen said. “If anything we need to bring them in and make them feel more comfortable because they are brand new.”
Green could make his official debut for the Panther’s this weekend. The Panther’s travel to Columbus, Ohio for a double-header. They will face James Madison on Friday, August 25, and Ohio State on Sunday. August 27.