For many people, the off season starts once the season is over. They take a break from their sports for some time and slack off on their weekly workouts. This is not the case for captain of the soccer team, Emily Murray. After playing a long season of soccer, Emily takes the weekend off, then is back running for MSIT track. She stays conditioned throughout the whole year; there are no off days.
Adam Chrysostomou: Let’s start from the beginning. What got you into soccer?
Emily Murray: Well, I have my parents to thank for that. They signed me up when I was 3 years old, so I didn’t really have a say. I’m super glad that they did though. My family is full of athletes so they knew from when I was a young age that I would be into a lot of sports.
AC: Take me through your final season at Tech. What was it like being a captain on the team?
EM: It was great. I enjoyed playing at Tech every season, but this season I played with a little more pride, because I was captain. A lot more of my friends came and supported me, especially now that we actually have a home field. This was the first time since I’ve been here that we got to play on our home field all season, and that was very fun. It was a home to call ours. I love our field and I can’t believe I’m leaving it so soon after I started using it. It’s going to be hard no putting on that Tech uniform every week next fall.
AC: What made you join track?
EM: I didn’t start running track until freshman year. It was a way of staying conditioned for soccer. Also, my mom and sister both ran track in high school so that also contributed. Eventually, I saw that I became better at track that I was at soccer, so in a way, it was a blessing in disguise.
AC: Which track seasons do you participate in? Which is your favorite?
EM: I participate in both indoor and outdoor. For those who don’t know, it’s during winter season and spring season. At first I enjoyed indoor more, because it was a smaller track, so there were more laps involved. But as the years progressed, I started to gain a love for outdoor too. As of now, I’m not too sure which one is my favorite.
AC: Okay, if you can’t tell me a season, what is your favorite event to run in?
EM: Well don’t hate me for this but I have two. The first one is the 1500m and the second is the 4×800. As you can see, I like running. I like the 4×800 because I honestly love my relay team to death. I know the team always has my back if I’m have a slow day. They’re also some of my closest friends. Cassidy (Williams) is always there to catch me at the end of every race. We have it like a tradition and it symbolizes how if I fall, my team is there to pick me up in the end.
AC: Are you looking into any colleges?
EM: Yea, I’m looking to go away. Particularly Boston and Washington DC. Right now, my number 1 school is Tufts, but I’m keeping my options open.
AC: With those colleges in mind, do you plan on going on to play D1?
EM: Nah, I don’t think so. I’m looking at some D2 and D3 schools that I might end up playing soccer or running track for. But at the moment, I’m just applying to the colleges and hoping to get in. Even if I don’t play for the schools, I definitely want to play soccer and run recreationally.
AC: How have you managed so far with the college process?
EM: I’ve been keeping up with it for the most part. It’s been extremely busy with soccer and track, but I always try to set some time aside to write my essays. It’s all about not procrastinating. The more you procrastinate, the less time there is to write each essay, and with less time, means lesser quality essays.
AC: Who has been your inspiration over the years?
EM: My older sister Katie. From a young age, I always wanted to be like her. When she played soccer for Tech, and ran track, she set the bar pretty high, so I’m chasing her legacy, hoping to leave one of my own.
AC: Any shoutouts that you want to give?
EM: Well I want to shout out my fellow soccer captains Emily Zavilowitz, Paulina Mendez and Erica Selznick. Thank you for keeping me sane during this season and making my final season at Tech an unforgettable one.