The Oberlin Review

College fourth-year Laila Telles.

Laila Telles, Senior Club Soccer Captain

September 20, 2019

 Fourth-year Cinema Studies and English major Laila Telles has her hands full. When she isn’t attending film screenings or tearing through books, she can be found playing soccer in Oberlin’s North Fields. Telles is the captain of Oberlin’s Club Soccer team, one of the few all-gender sports collectives on campus. She has been an active member since the first week of her first year, and intends on leaving a legacy of inclusion for the remaining members after she graduates.  This interview has ...

Seniors Tristan Clonch (left) and Eliza Poor, Oberlin club soccer captains.

In The Locker Room with Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, Club Soccer Captains

December 1, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with club soccer captains and college seniors Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, both of whom have been members of the team for their entire Oberlin careers. We discussed the team’s culture, sense of community, and overall inclination towards prioritizing a fun experience for all its members. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How and when did you get involved with the club soccer team? Eliza Poor: We both got started on the team during our fres...

Sarah Mills (left) and Ben Gillen

In The Locker Room With Sarah Mills and Ben Gillen

April 8, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with sophomore club soccer liaison Ben Gillen and senior club soccer co-captain Sarah Mills to discuss their experiences playing club at Oberlin, how the team dynamic has changed over the years and anything they would do differently to improve club soccer. How would you describe your roles on the team? Ben Gillen: I talk to Betsy Bruce, the director of Recreation and Club Sports, a lot, so I’m like the contact between her and other teams. It’s really cool; I...

Merlin Hoffman (left) and Alex Cheney

In the Locker Room with Merlin Hoffman and Alex Cheney

April 17, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with Albino Squirrels club soccer members junior captain Merlin Hoffman and fifth-year Alex Cheney to discuss their experiences playing on a club team, organizing games and their favorite professional soccer teams. How often do you practice, and who organizes the practices? Merlin Hoffman: During the fall season, we practice four days a week — Monday through Thursday. The practices are organized by the captains. Right now, I’m the only captain because Sarah [Mill...

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