Hazdovac competes for love of game

By Hannah Mueoz

Senior Peter Hazdovac believes anything is possible with
self-motivation and determination. The 21-year-old student-athlete
has strived to reach excellence in his academic and athletic lives
as he continues to pursue his goal.

As a geography student graduating in spring 2008 and co-captain
of the men’s soccer team, he strived to make large improvements
throughout the school year. His teammates were pleased with his

“He brings a little more of the hard working and determination
aspect of a captain,” said senior Ben Van der Fluit, the other
co-captain of the team. “He’s really a demanding captain, which is
a good thing in athletics.”

His final soccer season recently came to a close, and Hazdovac
was a key player in the success of every Bronco soccer season he
participated in.

His soccer career began when he was 5 years old and it instilled
a natural passion for the game in him. He possesses one of the most
solid shots of the team and an impressive long-distance pass.

He came to Cal Poly from San Pedro High School to continue his
stardom on the soccer field.

As a senior in high school he received the Most Valuable Player
award and Second-team All-Marine League honors. The team did not
win any major awards, which inspired Hazdovac to continue to strive
for success in playing college soccer.

He had an optimistic future in mind.

“I chose Cal Poly because of the campus and I saw a bright
future in soccer in playing for the program,” said Hazdovac. “The
program has [improved] every year. [The] academics were good here

Once he came to Cal Poly he made his presence known.

In 2006 he was awarded honorable mention on the all-California
Collegiate Athletic Association team, and this season he was
awarded second-team all-CCAA honors.

Hazdovac finished the season with four goals and an assist, and
he was second on the team in points with nine. He finished his
career with 10 goals and three assists.

Although he admits this season was somewhat of a struggle as it
did not always go how he planned, he focuses on the positive.
Hazdovac was able to maintain a higher level of intensity and
improved on the field.

The team also made its opponents aware it wouldn’t stand to be
walked all over.

“We set a tone that we’re not an easy team to play against,”
said Hazdovac. “Teams can’t really walk by us.”

The team did not reach its goal of participating in the CCAA
playoffs, and he is not satisfied with not accomplishing his goal.
Cal Poly finished the season with a 6-7-3 overall record, with a
5-5-3 mark in the CCAA. The Broncos were only a win behind Cal
State Monterey Bay for the final postseason position.

However, Hazdovac is satisfied with the effort his teammates
gave throughout the season.

“I hope that [my teammates] remember my passion for the game and
how much I really cared about the team and valued each one of
them,” said Hazdovac. “It’d be cool for them to remember me as
someone who gave it my all.”

At times he found it difficult to manage all his tasks, as
soccer was a full-time commitment. The team practiced almost every
day for three months beginning in August.

It was a lot of wear and tear on his body, but with his passion
and competitive spirit he desired to stride for higher goals.

“I told the guys throughout the season, ‘Every game is one game
less,'” said Hazdovac. “‘Enjoy the time you guys have here, you
never know when this could end. It makes it fun going through all

Although his collegiate soccer days have ended, he does not plan
to completely abandon his soccer career. Hazdovac hopes to play
professional soccer in Europe or America after graduating.

For now, he is focusing on academics and catching up on his
regular activities as a typical college student.

“It’s weird to think four years went by this fast,” said
Hazdovac. “Just thinking I’m not coming back next year is a weird
feeling. I guess it’s time though.”

Hazdovac competes for love of game

Brandon Tan

Hazdovac competes for love of game

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