NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – It’s not often an athlete is blessed with the opportunity to play the sport they love at the Division I level. Senior Drew Francisco has been able to accomplish that as a walk-on for the Purple Eagles.
Francisco had to work hard in order to earn the opportunity to earn a tryout for the Purple Eagles. He talked about the tryout process he went through in 2016, as well as when he received word that he had made the team.
“I got an email for tryouts in January 2016 and I tried out for a week,” Francisco said. “When coach told me he’d be keeping me I was happy, but I knew I had to make the team in the fall. When I was told I made the team in the fall, all of my friends were very happy for me and I was very excited.”
After making the team as a walk-on in the fall of his sophomore year, Francisco has since continued to work on his game. His hard work has paid off. Francisco earned his first career start when the Purple Eagles played Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 9. Francisco was honored when he found out that he was being named the starter.
“When I was told I was going to be starting I was very grateful.” Francisco stated.
In Fransisco’s first start, the Purple Eagles beat Virginia Military Institute by a score of 3-1. Despite being victorious in that game, the team has had a rough start to the season. Francisco still has high hopes for the team as they enter conference play.
“It has been tough on the road,” Francisco mentioned. “So far we’ve had seven road games. As long as we play together and play the way we’re capable of playing I think we’ll be a playoff team come November.”
The next home game for the Men’s Soccer team is Oct. 6 when the Purple Eagles take on Monmouth University.