NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Amy Maurer was facing the potential prospect of losing her senior soccer season at New Providence High School to a COVID-related shutdown this fall.
So when the Lady Pioneers finally took the field for the first time two weeks ago for their opening game, Maurer did so with a greater sense of appreciation than she might have otherwise had.
The senior defender scored on a penalty kick that day, as New Providence tied Union Catholic, 1-1. She has provided more of a spark on offense than is generally associated with someone on the back line on the soccer field.
"Amy started her senior year scoring our first two goals of the season--not something normal from a defender," said New Providence girls soccer coach Scott Murphy. "The first one to tie the game against Union Catholic and the second one was the game-winner against Union. Her impact on the team this year, aside from her play, is her leadership and her ability to settle the team down when needed."
Maurer also played a key role last winter on the New Providence girls basketball team that won the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 1 tournament.
Maurer is the Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week.
"She is a great role model for all of the younger girls to look up to on and off the field," Murphy said.
A four-year varsity starter on defense and a captain this year, Maurer plans to play soccer next year when she enrolls at Rutgers Camden.
Earlier this week, Maurer took time to respond to some questions from TAPinto New Providence.
Q: What are some of your team's goals and personal goals for this year's soccer season?
A: This year, the team is really focused on making the most of every moment and accepting the things that are out of our control. We are looking to win as many games as possible and enjoy every moment. Personally, I want to play hard and appreciate every second.
Q: Have you seen your game change since last year?
A: I have worked hard in the offseason to improve in the places I felt I needed to after last season. This year, I am focused on setting a good example and never giving up.
Q: What has been the best advice you have received from a coach?
A: To cherish every moment, never give up, and play each day as if it's your last.
Q: What has been your most memorable game to date?
A: My most memorable game to date is probably the first game of this season against Union Catholic. When Covid-19 hit, we were not even sure if we would have a season. As a senior, the game was super important to me because I am grateful we even got to play. The whole season has been up in the air and I am thankful for each and every game.
Q: Which sport is your favorite to play, soccer or basketball?
A: I love both sports. If I had to choose, soccer would be my answer. I have loved soccer since I was able to kick a ball. The passion I feel for the sport is unmatched.
Q: What do you like most about New Providence High School?
A: My favorite part about NPHS is the community. The people I have been able to connect with, the athletics, and the atmosphere my teachers create is by far the best part of NPHS.
Q: Do you have a favorite subject?
A: My favorite subjects are English and History.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: My favorite athletes are probably Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe.
Q: Do you have a role model?
A: My role model is probably Michelle Obama. I love what she stands for. Her encouragement of female youth and her example of kindness are just two things that inspire me.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not playing a sport?
A: I love to spend time with my friends and family as well as read, write, and watch TV.
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