Brandon Ogilvie has come a long way. After battling injuries early in his career at Colorado College, the senior forward is in the midst of putting together another stellar season for the Tigers.
In 12 games, Ogilvie has struck for nine goals and dished out one assists. He leads the team in goals and points (19), playing in a pivotal role in the Tigers’ 10-2 start to the season.
“I feel like I’ve been pretty successful so far, and it’s even better that we are successful as a team,” Ogilvie said. “I’ve been able to score a lot of goals, but as we’ve gotten into conference play, I’ve tried to help others score as well. Things have worked out well.”
It was a different story a few years ago.
After starting 16 of the Tigers’ 18 games as a freshmen in 2010, he only played in 12 games over the next two seasons because of injuries.
But through hard work and determination, he found a way to overcome the adversity and get back on track.
“One of the big things that helped me was that I stayed around over the summer and worked out with some of the other guys on the team,” Ogilvie said. “I also owe a lot of credit to our strength and conditioning coach. He did a great job of getting me ready to play again.”
There is no denying that. Last season, Ogilvie started 22 games and came through with a career-high 15 goals. He also dished out six assists and led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in game-winning goals with seven, the most since 2004.
He has picked up where he left off this season and talked about what he worked on over the summer to improve his game.
I definitely worked a lot on my fitness. You have to be in great shape to deal with the altitude here in Colorado
“I definitely worked a lot on my fitness. You have to be in great shape to deal with the altitude here in Colorado,” Ogilvie said. “I also worked a lot on my speed. I feel like it’s paying off for me.”
Not only is Ogilvie a success on the field, he’s a success off it. The Biochemistry major was named a second-team Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last year.
“I think our block scheduling really helps with being able to handle school and soccer,” Ogilvie said. “We don’t miss a lot of class time.”
Ogilvie has stepped up as a leader of the team as well and does what he can to provide leadership.
“I try to lead by example and I also let the young players know that it doesn’t matter what role you play, you just have to go out and play your best and do what you can to help the team.”
The Tigers, who recently had a 10-game win-streak snapped, were 6-1 through seven SCAC games. They have high hopes as the season rolls on and want to make the most of every opportunity.
“We’re having a good season, but we know that it’s important to stay focused,” Ogilvie said. “If we continue to get better and be ready to play every game, we have a chance to accomplish a lot this year.”
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