Lancer of the Week: Island native strengthens soccer team

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An asset to the team on and off the field, Marc Hope, senior marketing major, plays for the California Baptist University men’s soccer team. He contributes not only physically but also mentally to his teammates.

Hope started playing soccer as a child and has remained in his current position as left midfielder since the age of 13.

“I was playing since I was five,” Hope said. “My birth mom made me, and now I love it.”

Hope plays multiple positions for the CBU Lancers, but his favorite is left midfielder.

Midfield is a tough position to play; the player has to be quick on his feet and ready for anything.

Gregg Schroeder, head men’s soccer coach, said, “Marc is one of the quickest soccer players I’ve ever seen play.”

Hope did not think he would play college soccer.

“I had heart surgery at 18 and I could not play for 6-8 months,” he said. “Colleges didn’t really want me, but the CBU coaches took a chance on me.”

Hope has enjoyed his time playing with CBU.

“My favorite part of the game is playing with all of the guys, who I care about a lot; we’re all like brothers.”

Schroeder praised Marc’s outstanding personality.

“Marc brings a lot of joy to the guys on the team,” he said. “He’s constantly smiling. Marc is a guy that you want to hang out with because you know you’ll enjoy yourself.”

Bringing skill, tenacity, and the drive to keep improving himself to better the team, Hope is a major contributor. Determination such as his has been beneficial to the men’s soccer team.

“Marc has scored some memorable goals; one last year that won us the NCCAA championship,” Schroeder said. “Marc has helped build an extremely good program with his athleticism as well as his unique personality.”

Hope wants to continue soccer beyond the Lancer name.

“I want to play as long as I can, but I can do marketing after, or if it doesn’t work out,” he said.

Hope continues to succeed on and off the field.

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