Megan Van Kirk
Biology Secondary Education
Position: Right-wing defender
What has been your favorite women’s soccer memory?
Beating Washington and Jefferson on my birthday last November 2nd. We beat them 1-0 in regular time and they are one of our absolute rivals and are a very physical team. We’ve beat them once in the normal season and then once in the PAC semi-finals so it was a big game.
What makes Grove City’s Women’s Soccer team unique to other programs?
Our coaching staff is one. Our focus is on glorifying God and growing individually in our faith and how we can grow as soccer player and as individuals. Bringing out the best in our teammates and play the best kind of soccer that we can is very important to us as a team.
What is something a prospective soccer player should know?
It was more challenging than I thought it would be because it focuses on well-rounded individuals, not just soccer. In terms of spirituality and challenging us mentally, it was a bigger challenge than I expected it to be, but in a good way.
How was the program different from what you thought it would be coming in as a prospective student?
I think that soccer takes up a lot of time, but it is so worth it. It grew me as a student because it helped me on my time management, and gave me friends I’ve never had, and it gave me mentors with my coaches and teammates.
How was your soccer experience been like over the past four years and how did soccer affect your collegiate experience?
Spirituality it is the biggest. In the team, was have small groups that meet during the season led by upperclassmen. The first year I was an underclassman learning from the upperclassmen and in the past years, I led those and helped the younger girls. Plus, it was a lot of responsibility from my coaches. It was good learning from the girls and then pass that on to the next group behind me .