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Culture of Game Puts Soccer at Top of Golden’s List

Austin Golden

Austin Golden

St. Louis Community College sophomore goalkeeper Austin Golden (Maplewood-Richmond Heights) grew up playing multiple sports, but soccer now heads the top of his list.

Overall, he says he enjoys team sports, but he likes the culture of soccer. It is the world’s most popular sport, evidenced by the 2014 World Cup, which attracted more than 900 million television viewers and millions more witnessing in person or via mobile platforms.

“You can go to any country and everyone knows about soccer. Everyone has their own playing styles,” he said. “With soccer, you can take it anywhere and everyone loves it.”

Golden, 19, is emerging as one of the vocal leaders on the field, but it’s his teammate, friend and roommate, midfielder Osvaldo Cordova, he bonds with most on and off the field.

“Even though we go to practice and we were there at the same time, we usually talk about (practice),” he said. “We’re kind of like brothers. We hang out a lot.”

As much Golden enjoys having companionship with his teammates and playing soccer, he is a huge fan and likes to watch soccer matches as well. His favorite player is Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, not only because they play the same position, but he also likes Neuer’s unique style of play.

“(Neuer’s) more of a sweeper keeper, and he keeps the ball in play. He’s not the traditional goalkeeper where he’s just making saves,” he said. “(Neuer) shows a lot of bravery and courage on the field. The way he plays, it brings a lot of success to his team.”

Outside of playing soccer, Golden enjoys going to the movies, and often dines at Rasoi, located in Central West End, for Indian food.

Currently, Golden is enrolled as a general transfer student, but is interested in psychology.

“I find it interesting how you can study someone, and how it can help people by simply talking to them,” he said.

Before this season ends, Golden says his personal goal is to earn a scholarship to keep playing soccer at a four-year institution, but his ultimate goal this season is to help the men’s soccer program return to glory by winning more games. The Archers won only two matches last season. They already have matched that total this season through five games, and Golden was in the nets for one of those wins.

Corner Kicks

  • The Archers return for only their third home match of the young season Saturday when they host Richard J. Daly College. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. at Pete Sorber Field on the Florissant Valley campus.
  • The annual Cancer Awareness Game will be Oct. 21, when the Archers host Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods. Game time is 4:15 p.m. The team sophomores also will be recognized before the contest, which is the final home game on the schedule.

(Story written by Charon White)