A Two Goal Scorer
Sept. 24, 2004
Amy Vermeulen is living out a dream, a dream of competing in two collegiate sports that she has loved since she was a small child. In the Big Ten Conference it takes dedication, commitment, and drive to be a two-sport athlete. The
Amy, a native of
"My teammates and coaches have always been very supportive, it's like having two families here, and I'm extremely fortunate to have people like them in my life," she explained.
Coach Johnson spoke highly of Amy's ability to handle all she has taken on. "I think her attitude and personality, combined with her work habits and enjoyment of playing really make her able to handle all the things that she's done with soccer, academics, and then hockey."
Coach Duerst had similar feelings. "Amy is just a pleasure to work with because she loves to practice and play. Everyday she gives a great effort in everything she does, whether it be soccer or hockey or school. She has a lot of natural skills and fits the mold of a Big Ten athlete."
During the Fall, Vermeulen is concentrating on soccer, but the transition in November is the biggest challenge.
"I have to miss a lot of hockey at the start which means everyone else on my team and in the League are more experienced and ready. Then while the soccer team is training and running in the off season, I'm getting a different kind of training on the ice, which makes it hard to jump into spring soccer and be back in soccer condition. The two sports are so very different, especially when you look at the training and conditioning for each."
In 2001, Vermeulen played her first collegiate soccer game and scored two goals on her first two shots against
Multi-sport training is nothing new to the 20-year-old all-around athlete. She competed and excelled in multiple sports throughout high school. As a member of
A Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week on September 13, Vermeulen has adjusted well to finding time to excel in the classroom as well as on the field. Vermeulen, a biology major, says she is just like any other student-athlete in the country as far as balancing academics and athletics.
"The most rewarding thing about this experience is that I was given the opportunity to not only learn more about myself and about soccer and hockey, but also make some important friendships along the way."
She is also looking forward to November 8, when she not only hopes to be celebrating a Big Ten Conference soccer tournament title, but also to the start of hockey practice with the team.