October 2015: Ari Goldman kicks soccer session off right

The Goldman name has a long history with Norfolk Collegiate’s soccer team. Senior Ari Goldman ’16, whose father was a part of the school’s first soccer team in 1973, has made his mark as one of the team’s key players.

“Ari is the type of player who is the heart of the team,” said Jon Hall, athletic director. “He’s combative and works hard; he’s really excited when the team wins and losses. Ari’s the pulse of the team; a true team player.”

Ari was thrilled to sit down with the Oak Connection to discuss his senior year, soccer and the goals he has for the team.

Tell us a little about yourself and your love for sports?

I have had a love for sports my entire life. I started playing club soccer when I was 4-years-old and I’ve played at all levels between recreational and premiere. Unfortunately, I had to stop playing club sports when I decided to pick up varsity rowing in eighth grade. I’ve played soccer for Collegiate since the sixth grade and have been a three-sport athlete since ninth grade. Originally, I participated in soccer, wrestling and rowing, but changed my winter sport to swimming halfway through my junior season. By the time I graduate in May, I will have participated in 14 seasons of varsity athletics at Collegiate.

What was your reaction when you found out that you were named the Athlete of the Month?

I was surprised and extremely excited to be chosen. Although, I thought it was ironic because I currently have a concussion and a broken right thumb in a cast. It was still an honor.

What sports (and positions) do you play at Norfolk Collegiate?

I play a few sports depending on the season. I’m the captain of the boys’ varsity soccer team and my position is defensive center middle. Varsity swimming: 200m breast stroke, 50m freestyle, 400m relay. I’m also the captain of the varsity rowing team where my positions include single, varsity four-bow and coxswain.

What’s been one of your greatest sports accomplishments to date?

This year, I was very proud when I was selected as captain of the soccer team. It has been a goal of mine since I was in the Lower School. Seeing that it is senior year, it was my last chance to make caption, so I'm all the more happy it happened.

What were your goals for the team this year?

I would like to see us make a strong challenge in the semi-finals for TCIS and have a go at first place for Division II States. We have a pretty good shot at bringing home a title this year. I think a championship for both the varsity boys’ and girls’ teams would say a lot about our soccer program at Collegiate.

Do you have an athlete or someone in your life you look up to? If so, why?

I've never really had an athlete who inspires me or a person that I look up to for my athletic career. I'm not really one who follows the sports that I play. I'm more concerned with my own performance and judge myself off of my own abilities as compared to others.

What is your favorite thing to do when not in school?

I spend much of my time outside of school at practice or doing homework, but when I have time off I like to hangout with my friends.

What’s something that people don’t know about you?

During my father’s senior year at Collegiate, then Carolton Oaks, was the first year that we had a boys’ soccer team. My dad participated in the start of the boys’ soccer program at Collegiate, and I think that's really cool. I'm happy I have been able to participate in something he started all those years ago.


Oct. 23, 2015