Trojan Soccer shows out on Senior Night
The Little Rock Trojan soccer team took on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex. It was Senior night, and turned out to be a victorious one for the ladies as they won 2-0.
Thirty-two minutes into the game, senior Kayla Turner had the first goal of the night, taking her shot from way back, with the assist from Jaclyn Purine. It was Turners’ first goal since her freshman season in 2013.
Senior goalkeepers Shara Robbins and Sara Cavanagh split duties for the night and succeeded in shutting out MSVU. This was Robbins first career start.
Junior Quin Wilkes guaranteed the win with a shot that made it past Mississippi Valleys goalie Rita Gyasi, in the eighty-sixth minute of the match. Gyasi made fifteen saves for the night but it was not enough to stop the Trojans. Little Rock outshot MSVU 38-0, 17 of those shots on the goal.
Defensive midfielder Mikayla Uyokpeyi is one of the seniors playing for the Trojans this season, she has played for the Trojans all 4 years she has attended UALR. The people are her favorite part about playing at UALR.
“Any athlete can tell you that they love they game they play, but it’s a bonus when you’re surrounded by people that will fight for you and love you unconditionally.”
Her dream is to play soccer professionally, whether it be for a club in the United States, or one overseas. But Mikayla has dreams outside of the world of soccer.
“I also want to go into the marketing field and find a job that allows me to help organizations design their own brand so they can promote themselves efficiently.”
Senior Hali Long, who plays centerback, says it has not really set in yet that this will be her last season playing for Little Rock.
”Out of everything I love about playing at Little Rock, I love the team. We’ve had players come and go, but this group we have for my last year here has been the best yet. We’re already so close with great chemistry and that shows on the field. I wouldn’t want my last year to be with any other people.”
Hali spent her summer, as co-captain of the Filipino National team. She missed preseason here in Little Rock, but was able to compete in three matches against Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. She really enjoyed her time there.
“It was a really great learning experience and I gained even more family in the Philippines.”
Long still is not sure about her plans after graduation. She is majoring in Health and human performance with an emphasis in promotion and minoring in Exercise science.
“I’m either going to go to grad school, or continue playing soccer as long as my body will let me!”
Little Rock played Kansas State on Sunday night at the Coleman Complex and won 2-1. The Trojans will play again on Friday night against Texas State, the match will take place in San Marcos, TX. Their next home game will take place on Sunday, September 25th at 1:00 p.m. That will be Little Rock Rangers Day at the Complex.
Lady Trojans take straight sets victory
On Saturday, October 1, the Lady Trojans volleyball team played host to the ULM Warhawks on Beach Volleyball Night. Little Rock took a straight sets win in the contest, looking the stronger team throughout the match.
Little Rock got off to a hot start, taking a 10-2 lead early in the first set. The Trojans did not relent and held a 20-9 lead when ULM called its first timeout. Coming out of the break, the Trojans continued to play well, comfortably winning the first set, 25-11.
ULM played more aggressively in the second set, and at one point trailed the Trojans just 15-11. As the set continued, the Trojans pulled away with very strong team play, winning the set 25-13. Going into the break, Little Rock had led the entire match, with ULM never able to establish momentum.
Though trailing 2 sets to 0, the Warhawks came back on the court refreshed and confident entering the third set. For a time, the teams traded points. ULM took its first lead of the match holding an 8-10 lead on the Trojans at one point. Like the Warhawks had done in the first set, the Lady Trojans called a timeout to regroup. They came out of the timeout a rejuvenated team, reeling off 9 straight points to take a 17-10 lead. Louisiana-Monroe would not go away quietly, though, and battled back late to trail only 24-21. Little Rock held 3 match points and did not let ULM get any closer, taking the third and final set, 25-21 for a straight sets victory.
Several Trojans shined in the game. Sophomore Setter Taylor Lindberg finished with 35 assists, while senior Outside-Hitter Marina Avram had 7 service aces. Sophomore Middle-Blocker Veronica Marin had 11 kills, and fellow senior Middle-Blocker Edina Selimovic posted a .409 hitting efficiency. Also, senior Miona Milovanovic posted a .417 hitting efficiency.
When asked about her thoughts on the game, Little Rock head coach Van Compton said, “I was glad to come back and get a win tonight because I felt like we gave one away last night. I thought the kids played up… with spirit… I’m glad to get the win.” Compton also noted a few of the evening’s standout players, but added, “Tonight’s match was really hard to point out any one (person)… everybody hit positive… It’s hard to say one person.” Team play was the theme of the night, with all the Lady Trojans playing well.
A strong straight sets win was exactly what Little Rock needed after a tough 5-set loss Friday night. The team will have a few days off before hitting the road for games versus UT-Arlington and Texas State on Friday and Saturday.
Disney animator offers words of wisdom
Don’t fear failure.
That was the message Disney animator Lewis Siegel offered UALR students Oct. 7.
Siegel, who has worked for Walt Disney Animation for 17 years, visited the university as a guest of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology. Among other projects, he has worked on “Wreck It Ralph,” “Big Hero Six” and “Frozen.”
Speaking to a class primarily of engineering students, Siegel said, “Don’t be afraid to fail once in a while; it can be a good thing.”
Siegel’s first dose of failure came when he was 19 years old. That was when he dropped out of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A mechanical engineering student, Siegel never enjoyed himself at UCSB. “[It was] not a good fit,” he said.
Two years later, his uncle Jack convinced him to try college again. Siegel said it’s important to have positive people in one’s life and, if it had not been for his uncle’s positivity, he would not have tried college again. Siegel now has degrees from San Francisco State University, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Southern California.
Siegel said he is glad he attempted UCSB because the experience made him stronger. Having failed out of college once and survived, Siegel said, “You don’t fear the consequences as much.”
Another thing Siegel learned from his failure was to learn from his mistakes.
“It’s still a value because you are never going to make that mistake again,” Siegel said.
Siegel’s life has been a success story since then. Almost immediately after finishing college, he found himself working on the movie adaptation of “Mortal Kombat” as a visual effects artist.
Before long, Siegel found himself doing effects for one of the biggest hits of 1990s, “The Matrix.”
In 1999, Disney came calling, hiring him to work for The Secret Lab, which was Disney’s visual effects studio.
The biggest project he worked on while at The Secret Lab was “Mission to Mars.”
Eventually, Disney moved him from visual effects to animation. Explaining the difference, Siegel said that visual effects are computer-generated images that are attempting to look photorealistic, whereas animation is stylized and more creative.
Since moving to animation, he has worked on “Treasure Planet,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tangled” and “Bolt.” He also worked on the 3D re-release of “The Lion King.”
Two of his movies he’s been involved with have won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, “Big Hero Six” and “Frozen.” While Siegel didn’t actually take home Oscars – those went to the directors and producers – he said that he is proud of them.
“The award my not have my name on it, but it does have my fingerprints on it,” Siegel said.
None of this would have happened had Siegel given up after failing out of college when he was 19.
For people who have experienced a failure, he offered a quote by Walt Disney:
“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something else.”
This winter, Siegel’s work will return to the big screen with “Moana.” He is now working on “Wreck it Ralph 2.’