October 19th, Waltham, MA, 2018; Making the jump to collegiate soccer can be a difficult one. It requires an immense amount of dedication and sacrifice in order to succeed.
Columbia Lions freshman midfielder, Andrew Stevens, knows all about this and his first career collegiate goal for the Lions this past weekend is the culmination of those efforts he has made.
He is instilled with that love of the game that fuels people on to bigger and better things within the sport. Where some might trip over or falter at the hardships that accompany such a goal, Stevens used them as motivation dragging himself back up and dusting himself off.
This attitude has served him incredibly well as he has seen himself become an integral part of the Columbia Lions squad in his freshman season, starting 8 of the 10 games played for the Ivy League outfit. Columbia currently has a 5-4-1 record and is 2-1 in conference play.
“I believe that I have always remained focused on what my goals are and I have worked my hardest to achieve,” said Stevens speaking with GPS last winter following his commitment to Columbia. “One of the biggest things for me is that only I can control what happens, the harder I worked the more likely I was to reach my goals.”
The 6’2” freshman midfielder used that can-do attitude to build up an impressive resume with GPS and the Brooks School that caught the eye of the Columbia coaching staff.
Stevens moved to GPS at the age of 12, most recently representing the 1999 GPS MA Elite team, where he won state, regional and national titles with the club. He was also selected to represent Team USA at the FC Bayern Youth Cup in 2017 which saw him compete at the Allianz Arena.
Steven's also enjoyed a highly successful career in high school with Brooks, culminating in lifting the New England Championship this past fall alongside GPS teammates Matt Sciascia and Luke Muther. Stevens credits his time at Brooks School, partnered with his time spent at GPS, as a major factor in his success.
“I came to Brooks as a sophomore as I felt it was a step up I needed to help achieve my long term goals both academically and soccer-wise,” said Stevens on his decision to enroll at Brooks. “Being at the Brooks School has been an incredible experience. I have built some lifelong relationships and have had the opportunity to captain the varsity team. Combining this school with GPS has been integral in helping me get my goals.”
Stevens will hope to continue to be a key part in the Columbia Lions side as the rest of the season goes on. He joined the Lions off the back of a 2016 Ivy League Title and a 2017 NCAA Tournament berth and has slotted into an extremely talented side
GPS players and parents have a chance to watch Andrew in action for Columbia this upcoming weekend. You can catch Stevens and the Lions in action against fellow Ivy League-ers Dartmouth on October 19th this time on ESPNU at 5pm.
GPS will be hosting tryouts for our Premier teams this November across Massachusetts. For more information please click here.