To celebrate our athletes who have decided to take the next step in their career and play collegiate soccer, we sent out a questionnaire to a select handful of players. The questions focused on their time here at GPS such as their fondest memory or how they would describe their overall experience while other questions dealt with their next step and what they expect to experience at the next level.
Michael Rowe has played for GPS since he was 12 years old, and his career with the club will be coming to an end when he takes the field for the Bentley University Falcons. Bentley University plays in the Northeast-10 conference in Div 2.
When did you join GPS?
I joined GPS as a twelve year old when Peter Bradley brought me into the club.
How has being a part of GPS impacted you?
I attribute my development as a player and a leader to GPS. During my six years with the club I have had some great coaches and have had the opportunity to play at a high level with talented players. We worked together as a team, something that doesn’t always happen, to achieve an 88% winning percentage. There are no egos on the team, it isn’t about individual glory. Our success and accomplishments are because we put our best 11 on the field, and work together to win games.
What is your fondest memory?
Some of my greatest memories come from traveling to tournaments, great soccer and time with the team. My favorite memory begins with our win last year at the U.S. Regionals Mid Atlantic Cup, which qualified us for the U.S. Nationals. Getting to Indiana was a travel nightmare, but I made it, just as the warm up was about to begin. We went on to play in the National Finals, losing in penalty kicks after double overtime. I was proud to be a captain of that team and glad so many of us are back together again for another shot at the Nationals before we head off to college.
Do you have any advice for a player who may be looking to play college soccer?
My advice to younger players who want to play in college is to choose the best school for the education you want, and then see if the soccer program is a good fit. I knew that I wanted to major in Finance and Economics and get the best possible education available for a career in finance. For me, that was a very obvious choice: Bentley University.
I knew instantly that Coach Crompton at Bentley was the kind of coach I like to play for, and I am really looking forward to playing for him.