Dr. Matthew O’Brien, director of Athletics, began One-on-One with a Gladiator in order to highlight the many student-athletes worthy of praise and recognition here in Goshen.
This edition features the one and only Joe Kresse. Joe, a standout soccer player, recently committed to continuing his athletic and academic career at Division III Manhattanville College. We will be rooting for Joe every step of the way.
So, are you ready? Let’s go one on one with Joe Kresse.
Q: Joe, why Manhattanville College? Were there other schools you were interested in?
A: I had a collection of offers from different schools, but I chose Manhattanville because they are a winning program with great coaches and players who all made me feel at home on my visit.
Q: I know this school year has been hard for all of us. How has it been for you?
A: It’s clearly nothing like a regular school year, however, I try to make the most of it and interact with friends and teachers.
Q: How did the pandemic affect the recruiting process for you?
A. The pause in games made it difficult to get a fair evaluation by coaches. D1 schools are still in a recruiting dead period until April 15th. Because of this, I sent out tons of emails and had to make a good highlight video to send out. When games started back up in August, I was in a hurry to invite as many D2 and D3 coaches as possible to see me play.
Q: What will you miss most about playing soccer here at Goshen?
A. I am going to miss playing with close friends that I grew up with, hanging out on the field before practice, and training games such as fish bowl. Most of all I am going to miss winning night time games in front of a huge crowd in the stadium.
Q: What do you plan on studying at Manhattanville?
A: I will be studying business management.
Q: When did you fall in love with soccer and when did you decide it was something you wanted to do in college?
A: I have always loved playing soccer since I was 6 years old. I really became obsessed with the game around 8th grade and knew I was going to pursue playing for as long as I can.
Q: In three words or less, tell us what kind of player Manhattanville is getting with Joe Kresse.
A: Championship winning attitude.
Q: Lastly, do you love to win or do you hate to lose?
A: I love to win and I hate to lose.