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New Country, New Opportunity

Goalie from Germany gets the shot to play for the Black Hawks.

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New Country, New Opportunity

Even before he stepped off the plane, his coach had plans for him.

“When I heard there was a German goalkeeper coming to try out for soccer team, I was excited,” said boys varsity soccer head coach Douglas McAulay of Junior Nico Ernst. “ Nico showed us signs of a bright future. He’s got good reactions and I could tell right away that he could definitely do a job for us this year and down the line in the future. With Nico, our goalkeeper situation is a lot better. He is definitely a player for the future.”

Equally excited over Ernst’s arrival was fellow Senior varsity soccer player Zack Fathi. Fathi agreed with his coach that “we were all pretty excited and curious when we heard there was going to be a German goalkeeper trying out,” he said. “There is a pretty high standard of play in Germany and we correctly assumed we would have a good talent coming to our team. A talent that will be good for the team down the line as well.”

As the season has progressed McAulay says that Ernst has settled into the team well.

“He fits right into the team. There are no barriers between him and the rest of the team,” said McAulay. “Doesn’t really matter where you’re from as long as you can play for the school we’re happy to have everyone that’s a good athlete and I’d say he’s definitely going to be a player for the future.”

After being in the States for eight months, and only playing for one season in Germany, Ernest said he was excited to play once again and has already started seeing some differences between the two types of play.

“The style of play here is a little bit different from Germany, we play a little bit faster in Germany. We have more technical practice in Germany but here it is more physical training. Also, the season is much longer over there, it goes for most of the year. But here, we only play for three months, it is not a lot of time.”

Continuing on, Ernest said that even though he has not been happy with how he’s played he said, “I made some mistakes and let in some bad goals. But I am not very worried about this. I have been mostly happy with how the team has played and I think the team and I will improve a lot as as time goes on. I like playing here. I like the kids on the team. They are very good, we are all friends.”

Fathi added saying that “there have been no issues with Nico settling into the team. We all get along fine. We are all here to play soccer and Nico can do that. As long as you’re focused on the sport, there is no reason for a player to not feel settled, it doesn’t matter where they’re from.”

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John Ballouz, News Editor

Hi, I'm John. I was one of the two section A editors of the Hawkeye during the 2016/17 school year, which was also my second year on staff. While it was...


3 Responses to “New Country, New Opportunity”

  1. Jacob Werthmann on November 2nd, 2017 8:48 pm

    Hi I am Jacob Werthmann and I am in Ms. Hammit’s writing through literary genres class. I like how you talked to a soccer player and the coach to show that this was something credible. I also played varsity soccer with Nico and I must say he is a great player. Good job on showing his trip from Germany I liked it!

  2. Jackson Dobrusin on November 3rd, 2017 8:58 am

    I’m Jackson Dobrusin and I’m in Ms Hammitts class and I wanted to let you know that you did a really good job sharing Nico’s story. I played on his team for the last couple years and he’s great person and player and you did a really good job with interview our coach and Nico himself!

  3. Evan Waid on November 3rd, 2017 9:16 am

    Hi, I’m Evan Waid and i liked how this article is surrounding a soccer player from a new country seeking new opportunities. I played soccer with Nico and i get safely say that he is everything that this article portrays him to be!

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