Marissa Golesh is not an ordinary athlete. Since the age of five, Golesh has not let anything stop her from playing soccer. Even getting a plate and nine screws in her right fibula after breaking her leg before preseason her freshman year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University did not stop Golesh from continuing her passion.
While growing up in Federal Way, Wash., Golesh did many different activities, ranging from swimming to basketball to softball. As she got older, Golesh had less and less time to play each sport so she decided to focus most of her effort on soccer.
This decision turned out to be the right decision. In high school, Golesh excelled in the sport as a team captain and her team was the narrows league champion every year they competed.
Once arriving at ERAU, Golesh’s success only continued. Throughout her athletic career in Prescott, Golesh has been the team’s captain, a scholar athlete, a CALPAC Defender of the Week, and 2012’s MVP. This year she helped the team go to intercollegiate nationals for the first time in the school’s history.
“I like soccer because I love playing with a team and contributing to the unit that works together to put the ball in the back of the net,” said Golesh. She also loves the fact that each game is “never the same” and that each “never turns out the way you expected.”
A double major in Aeronautics and Aviation Business Administration, Golesh will graduate in the Spring of 2014. After she graduates, Golesh would like a job in either financing or accounting. Next year Golesh will be the Student Assistant Coach for the Lady Eagles and she is very excited.
Golesh would like to thank her family for all of the support they have always given her. “My parents and my sister have always been my number one fans,” she said, “and I cannot say how grateful and lucky I am to have their love and support!” Golesh would also like to thank Coach Todd Poitras for challenging her and pushing her to be the best player she can possibly be. Finally, Golesh would like to thank her teammates for the incredible season this past year.