Aidan Cserhat (’20) has proven to be an invaluable addition to the Drew University men’s soccer team. Over the course of his first season at Drew, the Rangers rapidly moved up in the national soccer rankings, which currently places them at number 10 in the nation. Cserhat himself is ranked fourth in the nation for scoring, with an extraordinary 20 goals to his name. With the Rangers’ most recent victory being against Elizabethtown College, where Cserhat was titled the MVP for his two goals, the Rangers are all set to compete at the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
Cserhat, who hails from Taos, New Mexico, stepped away from his hometown to encounter a new academic experience in the Forest. Being a transfer student, Cserhat has found immense support in his teammates. “The transition has been quite smooth, and I do think that has a part to do with my involvement in the soccer team. They aren’t just my teammates, they are my family, there to help me when I need it”, said Cserhat.
A three-time Landmark Offensive Athlete of the Week, Cserhat also strives to excel academically. “The biggest challenge of being a student-athlete is finding that perfect balance between the two. Both components add pressure and stress to your life, and you have to adapt to whatever obstacles arise whether they are academic or in sport” said the biology major, who would someday like to study abroad in Spain or Argentina.
Upon being asked about his goals for the season, Cserhat said “One of my big goals for my team coming into this year and my Drew career was to win the Landmark Conference championship. That goal has now been accomplished, and my team and I will try to further our success this season in the NCAA tournament.” Most recently, his goals, both literally and figuratively, earned him the titles of the Landmark Player of the Year, as well as the Landmark Offensive Player of the Year.
With the first of the NCAA tournaments taking place today, and the Rangers all set to battle it out against Franklin Marshall University, it is indeed very exciting to see what additional laurels Cserhat and the Rangers will bring to Drew University.