Junior forward Edwin Rivas in coming off of his most successful season at Northridge. In 2012, Rivas finished second on the team with 20 points after scoring a career-high eight goals and adding four assists. He was named to the 2012 All-Big West Conference First Team, as well as the 2013 Preseason All-Big West Conference Team. As a sophomore, Rivas helped the Matadors win the Big West Championship for the first time since 2005 and finished tied for third in the league in points, points per game and goals scored. Prior to the start of the season, Rivas sat down with the CSUN Media Relations staff to discuss his preparation and goals for the season.
Q: Coming off of a Big West Championship last season and an All-Big West First Team selection, what are you looking forward to this year to help the team get back to the postseason?
A: Individually, I will play my role and try to do the best I can to help the team however they need. I need to focus and execute. This season is about how hard I can work for the team and what I can do for my teammates.
Q: With the graduation of a number of starters last season, particularly on defense, how your teammates coming together in the offseason to be ready for this year?
A: We have to lead ourselves before we can lead others. In that respect, the returners are helping each other in any way to get better in order for us to help the newcomers get to our level of familiarity. We have already picked right up from where we left off last year and we are ready to get going.
Q: In the offseason you did a lot of individual work in terms of training. What is the one thing that you bring more to the table this year that you feel was missing?
A: For me, it is more about the team effort. It is less about performing individually and more for how we succeed as a team. It is an all-around effort for assists, goals, helping out on defense. Any way that I can help to achieve our goal of winning the Big West Championship again, I will.
Q: The Preseason Big West Coaches Poll picked the Matadors to repeat as champions in the South Division. What pressure or motivation does that give to you and the team to exceed expectations and take things to the next level?
A: We take things step-by-step and day-by-day. We focus on going practice to practice. It is an honor to be picked as favorites because it shows we have proven ourselves in building the program back over the last few years. There’s motivation to keep it up but there’s no pressure. We know what we are capable of and it’s up to us to get it done.