Q&A With Boyah Kaar

Boyah Kaar is a redshirt freshman defender on the 2008 Spartan roster. The native of Hayward, Calif., and graduate of Moreau Catholic High School, has appeared in nine matches this season, including six starts. He earned his first collegiate start at left back at home against Seattle on Sunday, September 21, and proceeded to earn a spot in the lineup for the next five matches in a row. Kaar produced his first collegiate point offensively in that Seattle contest, assisting Efrain Burgos, Jr., on what proved to be the game-winning goal, and also played a career-high 110 minutes three nights later at rival Santa Clara.

Coming off an 11-day break from competition, the Spartans resume play with the second half of their 10-game conference schedule on Friday afternoon, October 31, in Denver, Colo., against the first-place Pioneers of Denver University. Before heading out, we asked Boyah, who has not declared his 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?
Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Collie Buddz, 2Pac, T-Pain and Rick Ross, just to name a few.

2. Any favorite movies? Do you have a favorite soccer movie?
The Wood, Hitch, Next Friday, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Crash and anything with Denzel Washington in it. My favorite soccer movie would have to be Green Street Hooligans.

3. Do you have any favorite television shows?
I have a couple of favorite television shows. One would be 106 & Park (on BET). Next would be Fox Soccer Report (on Fox Soccer Channel) and of course, Entourage. If you come to my apartment, you would find one of those shows on. Can’t forget about Making the Band. My roommates Josh (Boemecke) and Z (Zlatko Bijelic), and whenever Justin (Castro) is over, we watch Making the Band, just to see what crazy things come out of Diddy’s mouth.

4. What professional soccer teams do you root for? Are there any professional soccer players who you admire?
I like Barcelona and Inter Milan, but my favorite team would have to be Arsenal. Ed (Brand), Fish (Oscar Monjaras), Tyler (Newman) and myself are known for supporting Arsenal, but when they get a bad result, Lewis Sweeney and Gavin (Wenyon) are quick to remind us that Man United is number-one. We exchange words. It’s all in good fun, but even they know deep down inside that Arsenal is the best.

A couple of players I admire currently are Thierry Henry (France and Barcelona), (Lionel) Messi (Argentina and FC Barcelona), Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal and Inter), Michael Essien (Ghana and Chelsea), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast and Chelsea), (Emmanuel) Adebayor (Togo and Arsenal) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Manchester United), but the player I enjoy watching the most, since I was little, is my (older) brother (Sylvester Kaar).

5. Talk a little bit about getting on the field and contributing this season after redshirting a year ago. You earned starts at a couple of difficult venues like Santa Clara and New Mexico over the last month. What were those atmospheres like for you?
Man, the atmosphere was like nothing I had experienced before. Santa Clara (on September 24) was crazy, because that was the first real big game of my college career. I was nervous without a doubt. However, before the game, guys like Sweeney, Junior (Burgos), Fish, Sky (Cutler), Rich (Mann), Justin (Castro), K (Kachiside Madu) and Brent (Young) helped me settle down and focus. They got me laughing a little and told me that they knew I was going to play well. From there, it was just a matter of playing, and Ed, Sweeney and Gavin basically helped walk me through the game.

I was disappointed with the result (a 1-1 draw), because I wanted to get the win for the seniors on the team. By the time New Mexico came along (on October 10), I just wanted to go out there and play. All nerves aside, I just wanted us to get a win, which we should have, but sometimes, things don’t go the way we want.

6. The conference season is exactly at the midway point, and you guys have some work to do. What are your expectations from these five upcoming matches, the last three of which will be at home?
Basically, win out. There is not much more to say. We want to win our remaining games, and put on a good show for the home supporters.

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 moment, besides just being a part of the team, had to be the Santa Clara game. Hopefully, I showed my teammates that I can play, that I am reliable and that they can trust me when I am in the game.

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?
Well, I don’t travel too much, but I enjoyed visiting New York City a couple of summers ago. The East Coast is definitely different than the west. I also enjoyed it when we visited Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I had never been there, and I had heard so much about it. I plan on going back there to visit with (teammate and Las Vegas native) Brent Young, hopefully over summer.

I would like to visit Miami and Hawaii. Those are the top two on my list right now. Maybe after that, I could move up to places in Europe, but for now, those two will do.

9. What is one team that you would like to see on the Spartan schedule and why?
I would like to see (2006 national champion) UC Santa Barbara on the schedule. We played them last spring and beat them, 3-0. Even though we beat them convincingly, people try to make excuses that it was in the spring and it really doesn’t stand. So if they were added to the fall schedule and we beat them again, nobody can take any credit away from us.

10. If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be?
If I could have dinner with anybody in history, I would first have to choose Jesus. Second would have to be Martin Luther King, Jr., and last I would have to invite Muhammad Ali.

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
October 30 - Oscar Yniguez, Freshman Midfielder
October 30 - Boyah Kaar, Redshirt Freshman Defender