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Norse of the Week: Bernardo​ ​Marotti​ (‘18)

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Bernardo Marotti (‘18) attempts to move the ball downfield.

Bernardo Marotti (‘18) attempts to move the ball downfield.

Rachel Miller (‘18) | Photo Bureau

Rachel Miller (‘18) | Photo Bureau

Bernardo Marotti (‘18) attempts to move the ball downfield.

Ben Selcke, Sports Editor

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Bernardo​ ​Marotti​ (‘18) ​was​ ​named​ ​IIAC​ ​Defensive​ ​Player​ ​of​ ​the​ ​week​ ​on​ ​Oct.​ ​22.​ ​The IIAC selection ​credits​ ​the record​ ​of​ ​Luther’s​ ​defensive​ ​line​ ​for​ ​their​ ​decision.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​past​ ​two​ ​games​ ​against​ ​Central College​ ​and​ ​Coe​ ​College,​ ​Luther’s​ ​defensive​ ​line​ ​have​ ​only​ ​let​ ​through​ ​nine​ ​shots​ ​on​ ​goal.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​position​ ​and​ ​role​ ​on​ ​the​ ​team?

Marotti:​​ ​I’m​ ​a​ ​left​ ​back.​ ​My​ ​role​ ​on​ ​the​ ​team​ ​is​ ​to​ ​defend​ ​first.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​left​ ​back,​ ​usually​ ​we​ ​don’t attack​ ​much​, ​but​ ​I​ ​try​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can​ ​[to​ ​attack]​, ​which​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​strengths.

How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​stay​ ​focused​ ​during​ ​the​ ​season?

We​ ​have​ ​a​ ​meeting​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season​ ​where​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​that​ ​we’re​ ​not​ ​going​ ​to​ ​go out,​ ​we’re​ ​not​ ​going​ ​to​ ​drink​ ​during​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​We​ ​respect​ ​that​ ​[decision]​ ​and​ ​stay​ ​focused​ ​on the​ ​practices​ ​and​ ​games.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​hard,​ ​but​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​four​ ​years​ ​goes​ ​so​ ​fast​ ​and​ ​you​ ​have to​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​moments​ ​[you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​play​ ​soccer].​ ​Personally,​ ​I​ ​try​ ​to​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​music,​ ​get​ ​good sleep​, ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​I​ ​meditate​ ​as​ ​well​ ​which​ ​keeps​ ​my​ ​mind​ ​relaxed.

How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​soccer​ ​game?

On​ ​game​ ​day​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​anyone.​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​like​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​the​ ​game​ ​or​ ​expectation​ ​[about​ ​the outcome].​ ​I’m​ ​always​ ​pretty​ ​nervous​ ​about​ ​games,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​like​ ​the​ ​feeling.

What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​thoughts​ ​on​ ​your​ ​game​ ​against​ ​Nebraska​ ​Wesleyan​ ​on​ ​Nov​. ​1?

We​ ​beat​ ​them​ ​during​ ​the​ ​regular​ ​season​ ​4-0,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​not​ ​an​ ​easy​ ​game.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​a​ ​team​ ​that can​ ​surprise​ ​us,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​just​ ​depends​ ​on​ ​[how​ ​we​ ​play].​ ​We’re​ ​a​ ​better​ ​team​ ​than​ ​[Nebraska Wesleyan],​ ​so​ ​my​ ​expectations​ ​are​ ​that​ ​we​ ​will​ ​win.

What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​enjoy​ ​doing​ ​besides​ ​soccer?

I​ ​like​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​music,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​most​ ​people​ ​do.​ ​Also,​ ​I’m​ ​from​ ​Brazil,​ ​from​ ​Rio​ ​[de​ ​Janeiro]​ ​so​ ​I like​ ​to​ ​surf​ ​and​ ​play​ ​foot-volley,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​like​ ​beach​ ​volleyball​ ​but​ ​with​ ​your​ ​feet.​ ​Anything​ ​that keeps​ ​my​ ​mind​ ​off​ ​things,​ ​the​ ​problems​ ​I​ ​have,​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​week​ ​I​ ​had.

What’s​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​sports​ ​brand?

I​ ​would​ ​say​ ​Nike.​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​using​ ​[Nike​ ​shoes]​ ​since​ ​my​ ​first​ ​year [at Luther],​ ​I​ ​like​ ​the​ ​the​ ​clothes,​ ​I​ ​like​ ​the designs.​ ​We​ ​switched​ ​from​ ​Adidas​ ​to​ ​Nike​ ​for​ ​our​ ​uniforms​ ​and​ ​I​ ​think​ ​the​ ​design​ ​is​ ​much​ ​better.

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