NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Soccer standout Ellie Molina is also the captain of the North Salem girls lacrosse team. During her soccer career at North Salem, Molina earned All-League honors twice, was an All-Section selection in 2019, and was named Most Valuable Player in 2019. She is committed to play soccer in the fall at Rogers Williams University (Bristol, R.I.).
"I knew that I wanted to play in college but at which level was unknown," Molina said of her college choice. "I love Rhode Island; I’m usually there for the majority of the summer, so I knew that I wanted to go to college up there. Roger Williams University has been my top choice of schools from the beginning. They had my major and a pre-med track, which was important to me in choosing a school. I love to play soccer, so I knew that it was a must to play in college, even if it was just intramural soccer."
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Because of COVID-19, I’m using the time to catch up on sleep. I try to work out every day and do some foot and stick work. Also, I’m binge-watching shows Netflix. I’ve started “Grey’s Anatomy” for the third time.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear the number 4 for soccer and the number 3 for lacrosse, but that’s just because of sizing. For travel, and what I’d like to be, is the number 12 because I was born on the 12th and I like even numbers.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at North Salem?
My favorite moment in soccer was beating Haldane my sophomore year, because we always have rivaled them. Also it was my first hat trick. For lacrosse, it definitely has to be going to semifinals against Bronxville. We were seeded 14 and made it so far.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years has to have been an old coach of mine. She set me up for the basics in soccer and brought the best out of everyone. She was so strong and a god at soccer in my eyes.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
I think a great life lesson I’ve learned from sports is patience. You can’t let your emotions get the best of you. Staying composed and persistent will win games.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
My pregame ritual for soccer would definitely be me doing my hair. It has to be a high pony, braided, with a lucky blue headband to keep my flyaways down. For lacrosse, I don’t necessarily have one but it’s definitely bumping to music.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I had one superpower it would probably be the ability to read minds, so I know what people are actually thinking.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I don’t really know. I’m an open book.
What place would you most like to visit?
1I’d love to go to Greece. “Mamma Mia” is one of my favorite movies and my grandma, mom, and I want to go.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
My favorite place to eat locally is Hayfields. The Fricken Chicken is the best!
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
My go-to app is Snapchat, because I like to talk to my friends a lot. Or Pinterest, because there are a ton of cute things to look at.
Are you currently binging anything?
Currently I’ve been binging “Legacies” on Netflix. It’s related to the show “The Originals.”
For a young athlete growing up in the North Salem school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the soccer and lacrosse teams and why should they go out for them?
We become a family. Friendships are built on these teams. Cherish every moment because time really does fly by fast.
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