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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Owen Clough

The Cardinal Mooney goalkeeper kept a clean sheet against Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday.

Cardinal Mooney boys soccer senior Owen Clough.
Cardinal Mooney boys soccer senior Owen Clough.
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Owen Clough is a senior on the Cardinal Mooney High boys soccer team. Clough kept a clean sheet during the Cougars' 0-0 home tie with Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday. 

When did you start playing soccer?

I started in kindergarten. My family wanted to get me into a sport early. I thought soccer was a lot of fun. I was drawn to goalkeeper right away. I would laugh whenever I caught the ball. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love how much of a team sport it is. It's great to play for a group of guys, especially this (Cardinal Mooney) team. I couldn't do anything without my team. The other goalie here, Trey Higgins, he's a fantastic goalie. He always helps me out. It feels great to be part of a group like that. 

What is your best skill?

I'm vocal. I try to organize the team to the best of my abilities. My hands are pretty good, too. I can make some catches. 

What have you been working to improve?

My punting and my goal kicks. I'll go to a park and work on those things for an hour each time, punting down the field and kicking it back. I also work on some of my footwork skills. 

What is your favorite memory?

Honestly, this one is great. I never thought I'd get this opportunity (to be interviewed). This is cool. But any time I can go out and compete with my team, that's a great memory for me. Being able to play this game is a pleasure. 

What is the team's biggest key going into the district tournament next week?

We just have to be tight as a group. We have to rely on each other. We have to trust each other. We're a good group and we work hard in practice, so hopefully that will show in the games. 

What is your favorite food?

It's a little weird, but I love poutine. 

What is your favorite movie?

Well, I'm a hockey fan, so I love "Miracle." I also like war movies like "Saving Private Ryan."

What is your favorite subject?

I like history. I enjoyed both AP U.S. History and AP World History. I just like learning about that stuff. 

What are your hobbies?

I work at a golf course (Lakewood National Golf Club) and I work at a child development center called Discovery Point over the summer. I also played football in the fall. 

Which superpower would you pick?

The ability to freeze time. I'm terrible at getting up in the morning. I would love to be able to sleep for another hour. 

What is the best advice you have received?

When we moved to Florida (in his sophomore year), I had a bit of a hard time adjusting. My dad (Roger Clough) told me to put myself out there. I had to believe in myself. Confidence is key. 

Finish this sentence: "Owen Clough is …"

Positive. I try to always have a positive outlook on things. Just go out there and do your best. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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