Story by Taylor Hodges, Sports Editor
Photo Courtesy of Andris Visockis
“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell.
This quote rings true for one of Aquinas’ premiere players in Lindsay Armstrong. Armstrong, who just completed her senior season backstopping the Aquinas College Women’s Soccer team, has known competition since the young age of five where she first got involved with sports after seeing her brothers participate.
“Even though I was the youngest, I always tried to keep up with them, and they are the reason for my competitive nature,” she said. “That’s probably why I continued playing.”
Having played volleyball in high-school, in which she was a two-time state champion, Armstrong knew there would come a time where she would have to make the decision to choose one sport to pursue.
“It was actually a difficult decision to give up volleyball, but I couldn’t see my life without soccer,” she said.
In 2013, she started four of the six games she played registering 18 saves and posting a 3-1 record to help the Saints finish 6-2-1 in the WHAC, but little did she know that more was in store for the girl from Fruitport.
It’s no secret that most players grow up having an idol, but what makes Armstrong a curious case is that her idol didn’t even play soccer.
“I didn’t grow up watching soccer. Having two older brothers, I grew up watching football,” said Armstrong. “So, I would say I try to model my game after Barry Sanders. Obviously I don’t try to model my game after his football skills, but rather in the way he carried himself. He was very humble and hardworking.”
Remaining humble, working hard, and using her analytical skills paid off for Armstrong as she was named the starting goalie during the 2014 season. Playing in all 19 games, she compiled a save percentage of .875 and finished with a 9-2-5 record to help the Saints to a 11-2-6 mark.
Having to perform at an elite level day in and day out, one would think you’d get fatigued, but for Armstrong, the people in her life keep her going.
“My parents definitely inspire me the most,” she said. “They inspire me to be a better person in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in everyday life. If I didn’t have them to look up to as role models, I know I wouldn’t have accomplished all that I have in my life.”
Armstrong used that inspiration to complete her senior season with a 8-4-3 record to give the Saints a 10-5-3 mark on the year, while also being named a NAIA Scholar Athlete.
It seems as though time goes by quick when you love what you’re doing and while we might wish we had more, the memories we receive will last forever.
“I’m going to miss the community of being on a college soccer team,” she said. “You go through a lot with them. But, I have made friends that will last a lifetime and even though I am not on the team anymore, the individual relationships are still there.”
After Aquinas, Armstrong plans to use her analytical skills to find an analytical chemistry job in Grand Rapids, MI. Wherever she ends up though, we know she’ll do great things and make the Aquinas community proud.
About the writer…
Taylor Hodges is a senior majoring in Sport Management/ Business Administration. He is the sports editor for The Saint and interns with the public relations department for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He hopes to one day break into the hockey business as a General Manager, but until then, encourages you to follow him on Twitter and download his mixtape.