“The last three months have been the toughest in my soccer career.”
Suwon Samsung defender Vultuis came on as a 36th-minute substitute and scored the game-winning goal with a header three minutes into the second half against Jeju United in the 27th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on April 18. Vultuis’ header gave Suwon a 1-0 victory over Jeju and lifted them out of last place. With 22 points, Suwon leapfrogged 11th-placed Gangwon FC (20 points), which had no game on the day. The gap between them and 10th-place Suwon FC (23 points), who also did not play, is one point.
After the game, Vultuis said, “It was a very difficult game. We got to their penalty box well, but our shots weren’t coming, so it was tough. We were lucky to score and get the three points. We have to try to win, whether it’s by luck or by playing good soccer. We will focus on the next game.”
Vultuis was a key defender last season, making 35 appearances in Suwon’s uniform. The same was true at the start of this season. However, injuries and a managerial change have limited his playing time. He returned to action after a two-month absence on Dec. 12 against Jeonbuk Hyundai (1-1 draw). “It was the first time in my five years in Korea and in my career. The last three months have been very difficult for me,” he said, adding, “I want to play as a player. I can’t be satisfied. I’m lucky, and if I get the chance in the future, I want to start and I want to help the team.”
Boultuis scored his second goal of the day in the 39th minute when he headed home a corner kick from Lee Ki-je. “It was one of the most beautiful headers I’ve ever seen,” said coach Kim Byung-soo. Voultuis said, “It was a short time playing, but I was in good shape. It was a difficult situation, but I felt that I could show my skills and help the team by working hard. I’m determined to help the team do better and produce good results.”
It was also his first goal since joining Suwon. “People were asking me, ‘Why aren’t you scoring goals?’ I put pressure on myself. 토토사이트 I tried to force myself to score. Goals come naturally. I want to score more goals like I did against Jeju.”
Suwon mainly uses a three-back. It is a team that mostly plays from the back. This is different from his previous team, Ulsan Hyundai. “It’s a system I’m comfortable with,” Vultuis said. I don’t feel pressured by the change in formation. Three at the back is a tactic that might not suit me. I don’t have anything personal against the coaching staff,” he said, adding, “Right now, the team is more important than the individual. We are in a difficult situation for two years. It’s tough. We will try to get out of this situation,” he emphasized.