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.