Q&A with Emma Crenshaw: Cavs’ goalie twice named player of the week

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Lady Cavs goalkeeper Emma Crenshaw is shown defending the net during a match Oct. 5, where the team defeated Heston College 7-0. Photo by Tasha Cook.

Is it true that you were nominated and awarded player of the week twice?

Yes I did get it two weeks in a row but I couldn’t have done it without my team.

How did you get this award?

Being a goalkeeper, it is my responsibility to stop the ball from going into the net. It is my team’s job, however, to score and keep the other team from even shooting. We all work hard to play and win as a team, so if I am rewarded, so is my team.

How did you feel when you found out you had been nominated player of the week?

My coach Wendy Louque told me and I was very surprised. I felt very good about myself and the recognition. I never expected to be nominated, especially twice!

How long have you been playing soccer, and what made you first decide to play soccer?

I started playing soccer when I was 9 years old. I had been going to a basketball camp, which was my sport of choice at the time, and a teammate asked if I wanted to play for her soccer team as the goal keeper. I told her yes and from there got better.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to write music, play guitar, sing, and hang out with the soccer girls on the team.

What’s your favorite sport to watch and your favorite team and player in that sport?

Soccer, of course, is my favorite sport to watch. It is amazing to watch how organized it is and how well other players can play. The US Women’s National Team is my favorite team and Hope Solo, their goalkeeper, is my favorite player.

What’s your key motto, or something that gets you through the rough spots of life?

Keep your head up; being negative won’t solve anything.

Do you have any hidden “girlie girl” habits?

I am terrified of many things: spiders, bugs, elevators, clowns. I scream when I see bugs and make someone else come kill them. One time, there was a grasshopper on my apartment door and it wouldn’t jump off, so I waited two hours till my roommate got home so she could kill it and I could go in.

Compiled by Gabrielle Fitzgerald.

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