Athlete of the Month: Andrew Goldsmith

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Princeton High School has had a long reign of soccer success. In the 2014 season, the boys soccer team won its conference, the Mercer County Tournament, and its State sectionals. It would have been a firstno New Jersey team has ever won its conference, county, sectional, and the state tournament in one season. Andrew Goldsmith ’17, center attacking midfielder, was posed to make history. He is still haunted by the 34 loss against South Plainfield High School in the finals.

After moving from England, Goldsmith started playing soccer at the age of three. He started in a local league team, following his two older brothers Stephen ’13 and Jeremy ’11, both of whom have played on PHS’s boys soccer team.

“[I started playing] just because I was living in Europe, and soccer was just such a big thing and my brothers were into [it] … I just wanted to be like them, but I began to realize [that it was] something that I could, if I put my time into it, be really good at it,” Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith pushed himself by playing soccer a level or two above what is typically expected; in fact, he has been on the varsity team all four years at PHS, where he has played an assortment of positions down the center. Goldsmith’s main position is center defensive mid, but he plays center attacking mid for the team, which is out of his comfort zone.

“The coaches really feel that my vision and sense for the goal is a reason I should be pushed further [onto the field] so I can develop plays,” Goldsmith said.

During the offseason, Goldsmith plays on a club team called Stronghold, based in Gladstone, NJ. He’s traveled to Florida and a dozen other states to play against other top teams, even winning Nationals in 2014. Goldsmith will travel to Sweden this year to play in the Youth World Cup.

When asked why he doesn’t participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which is regarded as the highest level of youth soccer in the country, Goldsmith states that he simply loves playing high school soccer and that his favorite part of the year is to represent Princeton High on the field.

Beyond just technical skills, Goldsmith’s leadership qualities earned him the position as captain of the team. Before Goldsmith was even captain, Head Coach Wayne Sutcliffe envisioned him as a leader, and pushed him to be more vocal on the field.

“[Goldsmith] is strong and has ambition. He established himself early, [and the team] voted for him to be one of the captains. They believe in him,” Sutcliffe said.

Last year the team failed to reach the finals for the Mercer County Tournament and State Sectionals. But fresh off a 21 victory over Hopewell Valley High School, Goldsmith is confident that the team will win the Mercer County Tournament, and reach at least Sectional Finals to cap off his PHS soccer career.

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