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Freshman Emily Trost
Freshman Emily Trost
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Oct. 10, 2000

Freshman midfielder Emily Trost brought a bit of a legacy along with her when she came to Tulsa this fall.

You might say she has soccer in her blood.

Her father, Al Trost, also a midfielder, played for St. Louis University and is one of only four men to be awarded the prestigious Hermann Trophy two consecutive years, winning in both 1969 and 1970. He also competed with the US men's national team in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and captained the US World Cup team from 1974-76.

Emily, who laced up her first pair of cleats as a kindergartner, says that his experience and knowledge of the game have definitely come in handy over the years.

"My dad coached my club team for a while, and he was a great coach," she said. "He was very fair and never showed any favoritism. He was the person I listened to the most when I needed to do something differently, and he has always been very supportive of me."

Trost attended high school at St. Louis' St. Joseph's Academy, which boasts one of the top athletic programs in the city. While there, she was a four-year letterwinner in both soccer and field hockey.

Trost led her soccer team to back-to-back state championships as a sophomore and again as a junior, a feeling she admits is indescribable.

"It was absolutely incredible," she said. "The first time what we'd done didn't even hit me until a few days later."

Midway through her junior year, Trost began the college selection process, looking at schools and sending out profiles and letters to various soccer programs across the country.

Tulsa came knocking after a former club teammate told head coach Damon Gore about Trost's accomplishments on the soccer field.

"Emily's got a great work rate," Gore said. "She's the type that works very hard all game long. She came from a highly touted club team, and she was very much the engine on that team."

Trost scheduled an official visit and fell in love with the campus.

"I really liked everything about Tulsa," she said. "The coaches, the campus, the girls on the team, just everything. I just got that feeling that I wanted to be here."

Tulsa currently stands at 7-5-1 this fall, with three of those losses coming in overtime. One of the regulation losses was against Notre Dame, the number one team in the country.

"Notre Dame was the hardest game we've had to play so far," Trost said. "We played incredibly against them. We held them 0-0 until the last 20 minutes of the game. It was like the roles were reversed. They were the No. 1 team in the country, and they were having to play their best against us."

Trost has started every game thus far and has contributed two goals and two assists, giving her six points on the year.

Coach Gore has been pleased with her performance, and predicts she will only get better as her college game matures.

"She is very possession-oriented and great at both winning balls and seeing the overall game," Gore said. "As she matures and gains more confidence on the field, I think she will become more of an impact player."

As for Trost, she just wants to play.

"Soccer's fun. I really think it's fun, and even though there are some practices that can be draining, there's those games where you're out there playing well, your team's doing well--how great is it walking off the field knowing you won the game?" she said. "Sometimes my friends and I like to go out on the field and just mess around, like try and do bicycle kicks, things like that. It's just so fun."

While Trost admits that following in Dad's footsteps and getting a taste of Olympic competition would be great, she says she's not concentrating on anything but the present.

"Personally I just want to improve. The college game is so different and I'm still learning and increasing my knowledge," she said. "As for the future, I'm not limiting myself. [Playing in the Olympics] has crossed my mind, but as of right now, I don't look that far ahead.

"I'm going to take it a day at a time for the next three and a half years and just take it as it comes and see what happens."