Teamwork key to player’s success

For The Tribune

Over his four years at Trinity Lutheran, Andrew Emily played a lot of different positions.

For the Cougars’ boys soccer team, he played left-back, center midfield and outside midfield. He also was responsible for the free and corner kicks.

When Trinity’s regular goalie was sidelined with an injury this season, Emily also filled in during the Cougar Cup.

Emily said he enjoyed the physical part of soccer.

“Taking the ball away from players is rewarding and a confidence booster,” Emily said. “Being physical is a key part of the game.”

On the field, Emily recognized playing hard the entirety of the game.

“It takes a full 80 minutes of soccer from everyone to win a game,” Emily said. “There can be no time for errors or else the other team can capitalize.”

Emily, who began playing soccer in eighth grade, believes in working together.

“Communication and teamwork are the keys to a successful team,” Emily said. “The team must build chemistry and work as a group to beat the other team. Practice is important because it improves all of our skills and helps players build chemistry. We learn how everyone plays so we can improve each other and work better as a team.”

The senior enjoyed playing at home.

“I love playing home matches because we are playing on our own field so we know how the grass is,” Emily said. “ We understand what the ball will do on the surface. It is also important that there are more supporters at home matches. Scottsburg is my favorite away field.”

Emily, who helped the Cougars win a sectional in 2014, wants to play club soccer in the spring.

Emily said he has enjoyed his time at Trinity as an athlete and as a student.

“My teammates are the best I could ask for,” he said. “We all get along and work to improve each other’s game. We want what is best for the team and we push for it as a group. They are fun to be around and have a good time at practice and games.

“I am glad I chose Trinity. The teachers, staff and coaches have made me mature and grow as an individual. They have improved my life and taught me important life lessons and skills.”

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Name: Andrew Emily

School: Trinity Lutheran

Pasrents: Brian and Elizabeth Emily

Sports: Soccer, four years

Athletic highlights: Cougar Award 2016, sectional champions 2014

Organizations: National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, Dance Committee, Immanuel Lutheran Church youth group

Plans after high school: Attend Purdue or University of Indianapolis for engineering

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite musician: Logic

Favorite movie: “The Fast and Furious” series

Favorite athlete, team: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona