Barton Holdridge, junior forward/winger, has been a powerful presence in the University of Dallas Men’s soccer team since his arrival, but this season has been his most successful. Holdridge is putting UD on the board with his fast play and goal-scoring threat on the field.
KK: How long have you been playing soccer, and why did you continue playing in college?
BH: I’ve been playing since I was four years old. I started out with [recreational] soccer and then by the end of high school I played for the American Eagles, who are a local club team … it’s a part of my life. Also, I really like Coach [David] Hoffmann. I played club for him in high school, so that’s part of why I chose to play here.
KK: How do you think the season is going and what are the team’s hopes for the rest of the season?
BH: The season is going well. We beat Trinity [University] for the first time ever, which was awesome. And conference is wide open … our goal right now is to win conference. Last year when we lost to [Texas Lutheran University] in the first round of conference playoffs, we had beaten them twice in the regular season and all three games could have gone either way. Looking forward to this year, we have a better team chemistry and a deeper team with better caliber.
KK: What do you think of your personal success this year?
BH: We are playing a new formation this year, which has changed things. I’m playing up top instead of out wide, which has presented me with more opportunities to score. There are two of us forwards up top … we work with the attacking [midfielder] to form a triangle. This formation is narrow and concentrates a lot of pressure in the middle of the field.
KK: Are there any good dynamics on the field that are helping you, or the team, do so well?
BH: We have a really good group of new players this year … they have meshed with the team really well, and this has led to good chemistry on the field. Coach brought in some really good transfers and freshmen this year, especially sophomore [defender] Sean Taylor, freshman [defender] Eric Haigh, sophomore [midfielder/defender] Thomas Struxness, and freshman [midfielder] Andrew Ciancone. [They are] all playing well and giving the team a good new boost.
Holdridge started 19 games in his freshman year and 17 games in his sophomore year. This year he has already scored five total goals, two of which have been in conference, including one in a game tier against Colorado College in the 89th minute and one in a complete stomping against Southwestern University. With such a great start to the season, Barton is definitely looking forward to a successful season, and maybe even UD’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (SCAC) championship.