Ethan Hirshberg ’09

Ethan Hirshberg ’09 certainly made his presence felt in his debut last week. ?Hirshberg netted both goals in Andover’s 2-0 win vs. St. Paul’s then followed up this performance by tallying one more against Brooks. Hirshberg sat down to talk about his experiences on and off the field. Q: How would you compare your experiences playing high school soccer at Concord High School and at Andover? A: It’s definitely been a really different experience for me. I played for four years at Concord, so obviously I got to know everyone really well during my time there, especially when I was Captain. It was weird to come into Andover and join a completely different team and a new group of guys. I wasn’t sure how my new teammates were going to react and treat the new players once the preseason started. I didn’t know what it would be like to be competing with someone who had worked his way through the Andover program for a starting spot. However, everyone has been really supportive and has really gone out of their way to welcome me to the team. Q: What are your personal and team goals for the season? A: I want to win New Englands. I think that we have a strong team and we’ve got off to the start we were looking for, so hopefully we can keep the wins coming. Q: Do you have any superstitions or rituals on or off the field? A: One thing is that I never tie my shoes until right before the first whistle is blown. Q: Prior to your freshman year in high school, you played goalie. Why did you make the transition to forward? A: When I arrived at Concord High, we already had a couple of really experienced goalies on the team. In the past, I had primarily played goalie, but had spent some time playing the field. I really wanted to make the team and get some playing time, so I decided to make a change and play forward. Q: What have been the best and the worst aspects about being a postgraduate at Andover? A: The worst thing has definitely been the assumptions that some people make about me, thinking or saying that I’m only at Andover for sports. Obviously, soccer is a big part of my life, but I’m also here for the academics. The best part about being a postgraduate has been getting the chance to meet a whole new group of people and teammates. Q: What has been the key to your early season goal-scoring success? A: My teammates have really been setting me up with a lot of great chances. As a forward, my primary role has been in the offensive zone, so I’ve just been trying to capitalize on scoring opportunities. I’ve really bonded well on the field with the other forwards, especially Garnet, and we’ve all worked well together. Q: After the first game of the season, Coach Carr awarded you the game hat. What was the funniest thing someone said to you while you were wearing it? A: Probably, “Did your grandfather buy that for you on vacation?”