By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The St. Joseph’s College women’s soccer coach saw Sarah Emerson playing in a tournament last spring.
That prompted Emerson to visit the school in Rensselaer and recently the Concord High School senior signed a national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at the NCAA Division II program. The Pumas are a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“I really liked the campus and the coach. The campus felt homey,” Emerson said. “I spent a night with the team. I went to some classes and like the smaller class size.”
Alma, Anderson, Bethel and Manchester were other schools she looked at.
Another selling point was her Concord teammate Jackie Greenawalt is also going to St. Joseph’s.
“Jackie and I have been playing soccer together since junior high,” Emerson said. “We get along so well. It will be nice knowing there is someone I can go to at St. Joseph’s for help.”
Emerson and Greenawalt were key members of the Concord team that defeated No. 15 ranked Northridge 1-0 in the championship of the Goshen sectional.
Emerson earned the team’s defensive award for the 2012 season.
She thinks playing in the NLC helped prepare her for collegiate soccer.
“It’s one of the tougher conferences around,” Emerson said. “The competition is good and there are some very good players.”
Still she knows her game needs to get better to play at the NCAA DII level.
“I need to improve my foot skills, especially my dribbling,” she said.
The sport has been a part of her life for a long time.
“I’ve been playing soccer for as long as I can remember,” Emerson said. “My sister, Haley Emerson, played so I decided to follow her.”
Emerson likes the fact St. Joseph’s is reasonably close to home.
“It away, but not so far I can’t come home,” she said.
She plans to major in business at St. Joseph’s.
“I plan on getting a minor in sports management,” Emerson said.
Emily Holbrook was hired as the St. Joseph’s women’s soccer coach on January 6th, 2011. Last season, the Pumas finished 3-14-1 (2-12-1 in the Great Lake Valley Conference).
After finishing a polished collegiate career as a goalkeeper, Holbrook played five years of professional soccer with teams in England and Canada. Her professional career was highlighted in the fall of 2003 while playing with the Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC in Lancashire, England. The team obtained the Northern Combination League Champions Title with an undefeated season (22-0). They won the Lancashire County Cup and went to the fourth round of Football Association Cup play.