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Athlete of the month: Emily Tomz


The Campanile: What position do you play and how long have you been on varsity?

Emily Tomz: I play center mid and outside mid sometimes. I’ve been on varsity since my freshman year along with three other freshmen who made it.

TC: How long have you been playing soccer and what got you interested?

ET: I’ve been playing soccer since I was around five, [and I’ve been] in club since third grade. It was just the sport that I stuck with, you know after your parents put you in a bunch of sports when you were young. I liked the team aspect of it.

TC: Did you always play in the same position?

ET: When I was little, I started out as a goalie and now I play center mid.

TC: What do you enjoy most about soccer?

ET: I really enjoy the interaction between the different grade levels and the different leadership positions that upperclassmen can take because that’s the sort of grade interaction you don’t get with club soccer.

TC: What’s your least favorite thing about soccer?

ET: Practices sometimes go longer than expected so you need to plan around that, but I just love the team. I love Paly soccer so much.

TC: Do you have a player that you look up to on the team?

ET: More so two years ago than this year, but I looked up to Livi Musil. She graduated, but I really looked up to her because she had so much spirit for the Paly team. I didn’t get to see her play while I was here because she was injured but she just had the spirit and the drive and she was always really positive and it was awesome.

TC: How was the season this year?

ET: It was a great season. It was really awesome. The several ties were a bummer and that cost us a league because we lost by only one point for league. It was just a really great group of girls and I feel like we really bonded this year and the seniors are amazing and I’m really sad to see them go.

TC: Do you have plans to play soccer in the future?

ET: It’s my goal to play soccer in college but we’ll see where that takes me right now.

TC: What hopes and goals do you have for the team next year?

ET: Just to keep up this high standard of playing and each year, we look forward to trying to first beat Mountain View, win league and then make it to CCS and hopefully win CCS. We accomplished one of those goals this year — beating Mountain View — but each year we look forward to trying to accomplish all three of them.

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