With Wartburg’s men’s and women’s soccer team’s seasons coming to a close, senior captains reflect on their careers at Wartburg and explain how their teams have impacted and prepared them for the real world after college.
Men’s team captain, Paris Martins, said while the season didn’t end up the way he would’ve liked, he feels he has much more to take away from his time at Wartburg than just a disappointing ending.
“One big lesson I learned at Wartburg is if you really want something you’re going to have to work hard to get it, and even then you might still fall short,” Martins said.
Women’s team captain, Olivia Jansen, said some things she will take with her moving forward are team work, how to work hard, and how to push herself past her limits.
“This year specifically I was a co-captain with Taylor Evans, It really taught me how to be a better leader,” Jansen said.
Women’s soccer head coach, Tiffany Pins, said she is proud of the season her team put together and is happy with the leadership seniors on the team exemplified throughout the year.
“The seniors have a really big impact on the program, obviously we have set captains for our team but regardless of if they have the title or not I believe in some capacity they are going to lead, and I need them to lead,” Pins said.
The Knights will graduate four seniors from the women’s team and seven from the men’s.
“They’re the ones who set the tone, and really kind of gave the team a vision of how the season is going to go,” Pins said.
While these seniors’ soccer careers are coming to a close, younger players are preparing themselves for the next season. Pins said they have already begun the process of selecting individuals to take on leadership roles and team captains will be set before winter break.
Jansen and Martins said if they could give one piece of advice to incoming freshman and younger teammates it would be to enjoy each moment and to take nothing for granted.
“Even in high school I never took it seriously when people said college would fly by, but then you get here and you look back and realize its finally your last year,” Martins said
Jansen said she is excited to compete in alumni activities with her fellow seniors and is looking to follow up with her previous internship in Nashville, Tenn.
Martins said he will continue to pursue a competitive career in soccer and will be competing in Michigan with a NPSL team following graduation. Martins also intends to try out for professional teams in Puerto Ricco and Sweden.
“I just hope moving forward I can make it to the next level and look back on these guys and be able to say they’ve changed my life for the better,” Martins said.