Susannah Frisch named NJCAA Player of the Week

Julio Rodriguez

“Ever since I was three years old, I’ve been playing soccer. My sister and I played, but I was the one who stuck with it. I fell in love with it, and now it’s all I do,” said sophomore individual studies student Susannah Frisch.

Frisch was named the NJCAA Division III Player of the Week following a two-goal week, including the game-winning goal, with under three minutes remaining, to give the team a 2-1 win over top-ranked Erie on Saturday Sept 23.

Frisch grew up with a love for soccer, and her passion for the sport followed her throughout school. “When I have free time, that’s what I’m doing. I don’t have a reason other than it’s what I know. I’ve grown up knowing how to play,” said Frisch.

Frisch’s passion followed her to Hudson Valley, and the individual studies student believes the season has been one full of communication and teamwork.

“I definitely think we could have done better against certain teams. I’m really proud about the win against Erie. That was awesome. We played really well together at our last game against Clinton,” said Frisch.

Frisch continued, “I was really impressed with our chemistry. We are definitely a good team. We’ve had our downfalls at certain games, but we’re hopefully getting it together. It seems like we’re doing a lot better.”

Frisch went into the season expecting to play as striker, but her talents were used in other positions.

“I went in thinking I was going to be a striker the whole time, but I was played on defense because we didn’t have the players or everyone was being hurt,” said Frisch. “I was hoping to be the top scorer. So far, it was kind of reached. Last week, when I was listed as Player of the Week, it said that I was the top scorer. Hopefully, I can keep it that way, but we’ll see.”
In high school, Frisch played other sports, but never developed any feelings as strong as her love of soccer.

“I actually used to run track and field. I also played basketball. I quit basketball in ninth grade because I chipped my tooth. Coincidentally, last year here, I chipped my tooth playing soccer. I was freaking out and I said, ‘I can’t play soccer anymore,’” said Frisch.

Frisch continued, “Then I realized I can’t stop because I’ve come so far. I stopped track and field in tenth grade and continued with soccer. I played soccer spring, winter, summer and fall. It was constant soccer.”

After this season, Frisch plans on matriculating into a radiology program. However, her future with the team beyond this season is uncertain.

“I would hope to continue to play soccer, but it wouldn’t be anywhere else,” said Frisch. “The program that I want [to be in is] radiology. I think I’m going to stay here to do that, because it’s closer to home and financially easier. I don’t know if i’ll be able to continue after this season.”

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