The captain of any sports team has many responsibilities in their position. Senior men’s soccer player and biology major Ryan Juhring is in his second year of assuming these responsibilities.
“A good captain is someone who leads by example,” Juhring said, “and can gain enough respect from his teammates so that they will follow their lead. I don’t know if I’m a great captain, but I try to lead by example and do what I can to be a leader on the field.”
Juhring has been doing just that. He was just recently positioned at center back and has taken on this role and has been a great example as a leader on the field.
In his first three years with the Cavaliers, he played a huge part at center midfield for the team. But when the coaches asked him to play defense last spring, as a captain, he would do anything to make the team better.
Juhring attended Kingsway High School in Swedesboro, N.J., where he played varsity basketball and varsity soccer in all four years. In coming to Cabrini, he knew that he would be playing soccer but it would be hard giving up basketball.
Since his freshman year, Juhring has contributed for the Cavaliers. He appeared in 21 games and started in one in his freshman campaign. He also added two goals and one assist as a freshman.
In his sophomore year, Juhring started and played in 16 games, scoring two goals and four assists for a total of eight points while helping to lead the Cavaliers to a CSAC championship.
As a junior, Juhring was unfortunately hit with the injury bug and only was able to start and play in nine games. He still added a goal and an assist totaling three points.
He was a CSAC All-Academic honoree in both his freshman and sophomore year and also as a sophomore was name to the CSAC First Team.
“It’s an honor to be named captain two years in a row,” Juhring said. “I’m not the most vocal guy but I like to set the tempo on the field and keep a high intensity for the team. Knowing that my teammates respect me enough to name me captain means a lot and I try to set the best example I can and be positive on the field.”
Juhring has been one of the few members of this year’s men’s soccer team to have won a CSAC championship in the past.
“My favorite moment as a Cavalier was winning the CSAC Championship my freshman year,” Juhring said. “I didn’t get a ton of minutes but being a part of it was awesome. I hope to win another one this year and I think we have the team to do it.”
Juhring doesn’t really have an offseason. Once the soccer season is over he jumps right into tennis during the spring.
Juhring and the rest of his teammates on the men’s soccer team travel to Neumann University for their next game on Saturday, Oct. 6. You can next see the Cavaliers at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Monday, Oct. 8, when they host Rosemont College at 4 p.m.