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The WNY Flash’s Resident Aussie: Emily van Egmond
Emily van Egmond got her first chance to play soccer after her twin brother, Max, refused to wear the long soccer socks. Her parents changed the initial “M” to an “E” on the registration form and Emily took her brother’s place. Van Egmond ended up playing soccer on boys’ teams until she was 15 years old.
From when she first started playing, up until she was 15, her father, Gary van Egmond, was also her coach. Van Egmond admits that they would get into arguments but in the end her father helped her a lot.
Shortly after that she was called up to be on the Australian national team. Van Egmond ended up breaking her ankle and wasn’t able to play, but the midfielder admits it was a good thing for her.
“There was not much I could do about it,” van Egmond said, “It just made me work hard to get back to playing.”
In the World Cup in Germany, when she was 17, van Egmond scored to take Australia to a 2-1 lead over Equatorial Guinea (The Australians would eventually win 3-2).
“That was crazy,” van Egmond said, “In the moment I was just soaking up that experience.”
As for the WNY Flash, this is her first year with the club. Van Egmond said that the every girl on the team is great and the facilities are amazing.
“I’m learning a lot,” van Egmond said.
But take away soccer and van Egmond said you would probably find her on the beach.
“I’m not one for school,” van Egmond said, “I’d like to think that if I weren’t playing soccer I would be at the beach, surfing or walking my dog, a Tibetan Terrier. She’s so cute.”
Fast Flash Five
Q: Who was one of your role models growing up?
A (van Egmond): Cheryl Salisbury. She was the captain of the Matildas.
Q: When was the first time you came to the United States?
A (van Egmond): I was 8 years old, and it was for a soccer trip. I don’t remember much, just going to Universal Studios and riding Jurassic Park. It was terrifying.
Q: If you had the chance to play with any player in the world, who would you want to play with?
A (van Egmond): Camille Abily.
Q: If you could bring anything from Australia with you to the U.S., what would it be?
A (van Egmond): My friends Sam Kerr and Nicola Bolger.
Q: Do you ever try and teach your teammates the Australian lingo?
A (van Egmond): Not really, they just look at me like I’m from a different planet sometimes. But we all speak English here so we understand each other.