Men's Soccer

Stoneman Named Among Nation’s Best

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsFormer Loyola men's soccer player Grant Stoneman was selected 55th overall by the Chicago Fire Jan. 14.
Grant Stoneman
Grant Stoneman

Year: Redshirt Sophomore
From: St. Charles, Illinois
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Position: Midfielder, Defenseman
History: Transfer from University of Wisconsin
Major: Chemistry

Quick Facts:

  • Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6, Sept. 12)
  • Selected to be on College Soccer News National Team of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
  • Scored first two goals of the season over the weekend (against Utah Valley University on Sept. 9 and against Binghamton University on Sept. 11)

LP: When did you start playing soccer?

GS: “I started playing when I was 5 years old. My parents put me through every sport that was possible and I kind of stuck with soccer. Ever since then, it’s been the only thing that I feel like doing, really. It’s taken me a bunch of places and it’s a big part of my life.”

LP: Why do you like soccer?

GS: “I like the team commodity of it. I like the individual part of it as well. I mean I like being able to … control the game how you want and the experience with the team.”

LP: Why did you transfer from University of Wisconsin to Loyola?

GS: “I played my freshman year at Madison and had a good time. We didn’t do as well as I’d like, and my sophomore year I was there first semester and things didn’t turn out the way I wanted to, athletically and some things changed financially, so I looked elsewhere. I was originally recruited by Loyola before I went to Wisconsin. So I knew Neil [Jones] and I really like Neil as a coach and we got in touch.”

LP: Why did you end up choosing Loyola?

GS: “It’s close to home. I’m from the Chicago suburbs, so that’s a plus. I saw the potential Loyola had. It’s up and coming, and I thought I could help.”

LP: What’s it like to have this kind of success during your first season as a Rambler?

GS: “Our first five games we’ve done well. Hopefully, we can continue it. I mean, I feel great. Starting 5-0 is the perfect way to start, and we want to continue that. We just try to continue to improve every single day and prepare for our conference game.”

LP: What’s your reaction to the national attention you’ve received after being named to two national teams of the week by two credible sources?

GS: “It feels good, but I can’t take all the credit. I got put in situations where teammates have set me up and so I mean, it’s basically a team thing. I guess I get lucky with getting the honors and it feels good to be put in these places, but it’s a team thing.”

LP: What are some personal goals you have this season?

GS: “Personally, I really want to win the MVC [regular season] and tournament. I think I want to try to get first-team MVC and be true to there.”

LP: What’s your drive in the sport?

GS: “My motivation is to keep improving everyday. It’s something that I’ve stuck with. When I play on the field, I want to play for my friends and family of course. I want to compete against the person I’m playing against. And I want to win the battle.”

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