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Q&A With Hector Jimenez
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/28/2009

Sept. 28, 2009

BERKELEY - sat down with Hector Jimenez to talk about the junior midfielder's career so far with California. The 5-9, 140-pound product of Bell Gardens, Calif., currently leads the Golden Bears with a career-high tying seven assists and is tied for second place in points with nine. A member of the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team, Jimenez played in 17 games last year before a leg injury curtailed his season. How is your season going so far?

Hector Jimenez: It's going very well. We're starting out strong, and everyone on the team is focused in the right direction Were you anxious to get the season started after you missed games late last year with a broken leg?

HJ: Yes, I couldn't wait to get started again. I was counting down the days to put that Cal soccer jersey on again. I had never been injured before, so I was not used to sitting down watching other guys play soccer. I was on crutches all the time. I kept thinking and waiting for my chance to play again. How is your leg now?

HJ: My leg is back to normal and probably stronger than before. I don't notice any slowing down or lack of flexibility. What types of rehabilitation therapy did you do to recover from your injuries?

HJ: At first I did swimming so that I would not lose my cardio (base), and then I started running on the Alter G, which is a treadmill that allows you to run while it supports a certain percentage of your body weight. When did it heal and when were you able to start running again?

HJ: It healed about 3-4 months after surgery, and I started running a couple of weeks after that. How difficult was last season after you got hurt so close to the postseason and then watched your team go deep in the NCAA tournament without you?

HJ: It was really difficult. It is so frustrating to watch your brothers and wish you could be there to help them, but there is nothing you can do. Did you travel to the playoff game against Maryland, which ended your team's 2008 season?

HJ: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to travel and that was the worst part of being hurt. I wish I was there to play, of course, but it was so hard being home alone in Berkeley while all my teammates were gone. I watched the game on GameTracker, the Internet site, and it was really stressful. I can now appreciate the family and friends who can only watch our away games on GameTracker. You're picking up right where you left off, as you have seven assists in eight games so far, and the team has a 6-2-0 record. How good do you think the team will be this season?

HJ: I have been lucky to get a lot of assists because I have such good players to feed the ball to. The team is looking good. We have a lot of experienced players and good young talent. Coach recruited a great freshman class. I think we can go far this year. The guys are all committed to winning. We just have to focus on the little things and only take one game at a time. What are your hobbies?

HJ: Basketball. Listening to music. Dancing. Playing FIFA with my teammates. When I am back home, I like to go fishing with my Dad. What are your career goals after Cal?

HJ: Hopefully I will play soccer at the next level and earn a living doing that. And when I am done, I want to use my social welfare degree to help kids. I have done some community service with kids, and it is a special thing to do.

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