Let me introduce you to Erin Jipping. Erin is part of my extended family and an amazing soccer player. She’s been playing the beautiful game for as long as I can remember.
Erin currently plays for Hope College (Holland, MI). A graduate from West Ottawa High School, she was honored as one of MIAA’s MVP offensive players last fall when she scored a hat-trick as a freshmen – the very first hat-trick in Hope’s Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
I recently asked her what were some things that she learned about transitioning from high school to college soccer. Here’s what she said…
Dedication is the number one most important thing to have. It’s hard transitioning from high school to college, so dedicating myself fully to the team and getting better was a must.
Be a leader. Always remember that even though you are such a small part of the team your leadership matters. Always remember that one person on the team could be looking at you as a role model. Be a leader on and off the field at all times. Push yourself and your team to your fullest potential.
Team is everything. I learned that being on a college team is not just being a part of a team, it’s being a part of a family. Team chemistry is what makes the team mesh on the field. We would do anything for one another and it shows on the field when we play. There is no “I” in team. One team, one dream. We were and always will be a family. So be a good supportive team mate no matter what, it makes the world of a difference.
Erin, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Congrats again on netting the first hat-trick at Van Andel!