Drew Lasher is a forward and striker on the varsity soccer team. He has been on the varsity team since his sophomore year.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and what got you started?
To be honest, I never knew a time when I wasn’t playing soccer. When I look back at pictures growing up, there was never a photo where I didn’t have a ball in my hand or at my feet.
What is your favorite thing about being on the soccer team?
The camaraderie with my teammates and our passion to come together and fight for a win each game.
What is your favorite team activity or pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pre-meet or post-meet ritual?
What I like about the pre-game ritual is that the night before every game the team gets together for team dinner. We eat, we chill and we get our mind set ready for the game the next day. Then post-game, win or lose, we come together and discuss what we did well and what we can improve upon.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years would be my dad. He coached me when I was little and taught me that there is no substitute for hard work, hustle and following your heart. He hasn’t stopped pushing me to become the very best person and soccer player that I can be. And no matter what, after every game he always tells me “he loves me.”
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know.
I lived in Japan for 3 1/2 years where I started my formal soccer training with the British Futbol Academy.
Do you plan on continuing playing soccer in college?
Yes, I really enjoy the sport and I would love to continue to play at the collegiate level.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I am not sure exactly what I want to study in college, but I am looking to do something with business and computer science.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or college sports) team?
Brett Gardner, because he’s a leader in every sense of the word and his work ethic and determination are things I try to emulate. As for my favorite team, it has to be the N. Y. Rangers. Go Rangers!
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I like all types of music. Every year the locker room dynamics change. This year it looks like its going to be rap and I’m down with that.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to fly, whether its soaring high like an eagle or zipping through traffic like The Flash. I would be able to see and travel the world and there would be no waiting and I could get to places quickly.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I have been fortunate enough to hit many beaches around the world from Bali, to Australia and good old New Jersey, but the place I would like to go is Bora Bora because it’s someplace new and I would want to check out the turquoise waters and explore the coral reef.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a soccer game?
Post game, I like coming home to dive into my mom’s meatloaf or chicken cutlets and if I’m lucky there’s a batch of Rice Krispie Treats waiting for me too.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
My pre-game ritual is eating a chicken cutlet with hot sauce on a wedge and there is no better place to get it than the Somers Super Deli. I have them on speed dial.
What is your favorite social media? Why?
Instagram, because I can see all different pictures/videos that my friends and family post.
What would you tell other young athletes growing up in the district about the experience of being part of the soccer team? Why should they go out for the team?
I would tell young athletes that being a part of the soccer team is an awesome experience. Playing a sport is a privilege and the friendships you make are life lasting and your soccer team becomes your family. We push each other to become better athletes and better people.
When you’re on a team, you automatically have a group of friends that you can hang with as well as if you are in need of anything. You can always go to one another for help whether it involves soccer, school, or any other issues. I am grateful for having this experience with all of my teammates, coaches and more importantly my family that has always been there to support me.