Ewers, a senior defender, will play in his first 5A semifinal game tonight against St. Thomas Aquinas. Kapaun (14-5) hasn't been to 5A semifinals since the 2007 season.
How well has this season played out for you?
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"This season's been great, obviously. I wasn't on the varsity team freshman year when they went to state.... It was a goal of ours to get here, and I'm glad we accomplished that. The team has been really close this year, and having coach (Alan Shepherd) back the second year in a row really is huge."
Usually defenders don't get too much recognition; do you like that position?
"I like defender. The recognition is not that big of a deal to me. I've got teammates that can score the goals. I take pride in keeping the other team out of the goal. I know it's just as important, and I know the offensive guys on our team appreciate it. It helps us win games. So I'm happy with it."
What do you like the most about being on the back line and playing defense?
"I like it because you can see the whole field from back there. The goalie and the back line are the last line of defense. You can see everything that's going on, and you can help your teammates out. When you have a one-goal lead like we had against Andover Central (in the regional final) it's a lot of fun being back there and watching the other team get frustrated trying to score."
Do you take pride in watching opponents get frustrated and taking guys out of their game?
"You know you're doing your job when you get that done. We've played a lot of great teams in the City League. As a team we've had a tough task game in and game out. It's nice to see that you can get some of those top players off of their game a little bit. Obviously they get a few in on you too, and that's frustrating. But I just like playing defense and shutting down the other team."
How confident is your team going into today's game?
"Aquinas is there year-in and year-out. They've got Division I talent, and they're a great team. We expect to play well against them. We're a confident team right now. We're just going to go play our best game and see what happens."