Liberty Girls Soccer Varsity Head Coach, Kristen McMahon, announced today that Emma Waters (Class of 2016, Defender) has been honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “Senior Excellence Award“, chosen from a nationwide pool of nominees. The award was created by the NSCAA to honor senior student-athletes based on exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student-athlete.
Waters was a four year letter-winner, three year starter, and two year Captain of the Pattys squad, helping lead the Pattys to two consecutive OCC Championships (2014, 2015), two consecutive District Championships (2014, 2015) and the program’s first Regional Championship and OHSAA D1 State Tournament Final Four appearance (2015). Emma was named twice to All-Conference Teams (2014, 2015), once to the All District Team (2015), and was the recipient of the OLHS Scholar Athlete Award for highest GPA in the Girls Soccer program. Emma also received the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (OSSCA) Academic Excellence Award, and the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award. She has also been nominated for Academic All-American honors, with results yet to be announced.
McMahon shared the following excerpts from her nomination:
“Emma Waters has been an integral part of the Olentangy Liberty Girls Soccer Program for the last four years. As the program’s head coach, I have seen Emma develop from a contributing freshman to one of the program’s most prominent leaders on and off the field. During Emma’s junior and senior seasons, Emma served as team captain for the Varsity team. She was voted into this position by her teammates and coaches as an individual that displays program and school values, encourages positive choices on and off the field, and enthusiastically motivates all players to do their best.
Emma really stepped up during her senior season and became a passionate and trustworthy leader of the girls’ soccer team. I could not have asked for more from Emma as a captain; she took it upon herself to find solutions to team problems and to motivate our entire Varsity team. Her leadership helped our program achieve our first Regional championship and appearance in the Final Four of the State Tournament. I have no doubt that Emma’s belief in her teammates and leadership on and off the field led the team to unprecedented success during her senior season.
On the soccer field, Emma has been a driving force in the back line with 73 career Varsity appearances and 61 consecutive Varsity starts, in addition to having the most minutes played in each of 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. While Emma earned many athletic and academic honors, she always treated all teammates and opponents with respect, acted in grace and with composure, and promoted the game so the youngest generation will want to continue to play for the love of the game. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Emma and know that she has a very bright future ahead. I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes in college and beyond.”
Congratulations Emma and as always “GO PATTYS”!