Q&A With Oscar Monjaras

Oscar Monjaras is a redshirt junior defender on the 2008 Spartan roster. The native of Watsonville, Calif., is a 2005 graduate of Watsonville High School, where he lettered three years as a varsity player for that highly-successful program. Monjaras, known more to his teammates by his nickname, Fish, has started all seven games he has appeared in this season, missing six games through an injury suffered during the first half of a home draw with Cal Poly on September 18. He provided an assist for his first collegiate offensive point in the 3-0 season-opening victory over Notre Dame de Namur.

Coming off an 11-day break from competition, the Spartans resume play with the second half of their 10-game conference schedule this Friday afternoon, October 31, in Denver, Colo., against the first-place Pioneers of Denver University. Before heading out, we asked Oscar, a justice studies major, to spend a few minutes with SJSUSpartans.com for another edition of our occasional website mini-feature, Men’s Soccer Q&A.

1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Chrishan, J. Holiday, Keith Sweat, Claude Kelly and Sterling Simms are some of my favorite musical artists. My favorite music genre is R&B. This type of music can get my adrenaline going before a game.

2. Any favorite movies? Do you have a favorite soccer movie?
Hancock, I Am Legend, Bad Boys, Independence Day and Shark Tale are some of my favorite movies. I am a big fan of Will Smith films. If I had to pick a favorite soccer movie, it would have to be The Big Green.

3. Do you have any favorite television shows?
Currently Las Vegas, but when I was growing up, I was into three shows, which were Saved by the Bell, Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

4. What professional soccer teams do you root for? Are there any professional soccer players who you admire?
I am a big fan of the English Premier League. Just like Ed (Brand) and Tyler (Newman), the team I root for is Arsenal. This team has a bright future with all the young talent they have. I just love the way they play the game. Fabio Cannavaro is a soccer player I admire. His club team is Real Madrid, and his national team is Italy. He is an excellent defender who leaves his heart out on the field all the time. One special thing I admire about him, is his aggressiveness in the 1v1 battles.

5. How tough was it to have to miss those six straight games before and how anxious were you to rejoin the team for the last homestand?
It was very tough sitting out those six games. It hurt me because I could not help my team in those tough times we went through in the beginning of our conference season. I got so anxious that I worked on my rehab at a fast pace. I want to thank (graduate assistant athletic trainer) Jason (Wire) for getting me back on the field. Now that I am back, I will do everything I can to help our team win games.

6. As a veteran on this team, now in your fourth year in the program, talk about how training has gone during this break in the action, and what your mindset is heading into these final five games of the regular season.
During this break, our team has trained really hard. I am really pleased with the work ethic every player has brought to the training field. My mindset heading into these last five games is to take it one game at a time. We are a great team and I know we can make some noise in these last five games remaining.

7. Do you have a most memorable moment throughout your playing career to this point, at the high school, club or college level?
The most memorable thing about high school was playing for the number-one team in the nation in 2005 (at Watsonville High School). That year, our soccer team only lost one game. In college, it probably has to be last year when we played College of Charleston (on September 30, 2007). At the time, Charleston had a very good record (6-1-1). They came to our house and we beat them, 4-0. I remember saving a ball right off the line, and Gavin (Wenyon) doing the same a couple of times.

8. Can you recall a favorite place that you have visited? Any destination spot in particular that you would like to make it to some day?
A favorite place I have visited to this date is New York. I traveled there with my club team. We were able to visit Ground Zero and Times Square. Some destinations I would like to visit are Hawaii and the Bahamas. I really want to experience cliff-diving in Hawaii.

9. Why Fish? When and from where did you first pick up that nickname?
Fish because of my fully-grown lips. The nickname originated my freshman year in high school. It was given to me by my assistant coach (Cesar Roman) on my club team, SCC Chivitas.

10. If you could have dinner with any three people throughout history, who would they be?
Michael Jordan, because he is the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jackson, because he is the King of Pop, and comedian/actor Chris Tucker, because he is just hilarious.

2008 Men's Soccer Q&A Guests
September 9 - Bobby Jackson, Redshirt Freshman Midfielder
September 23 - Josh Boemecke, Sophomore Midfielder
October 8 - Brent Young, Redshirt Freshman Forward
October 16 - Dan Addiego, Redshirt Freshman Defender
October 16 - Colby Moore, Junior Forward
October 30 - Oscar Monjaras, Junior Defender