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Athlete of the Week: Francis Eddy-Harvey ’21

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Swarthmore Men’s Soccer player Francis Eddy-Harvey ’21 scored his first career goal on Saturday against Dickinson, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With Swarthmore losing 2-1 with around two minutes to go, Eddy-Harvey netted an equalizer that sent the game into overtime and secured a draw for the Garnet. The draw pulled Swarthmore to 2-3-1 overall, and 0-0-1 in conference play. They resume conference play this Saturday, Sept. 23, when they play at Muhlenberg College.

Jack Corkery: What do you intend to major in, and how did you choose the major?

Francis Eddy-Harvey: Right now, I plan to major in economics while also pursuing the pre-med track. Throughout my life, I have always been interested in the sciences, especially medicine. Additionally, my mom’s job as a budget analyst really sparked my interest in economics, as I have always found her work interesting.

JC: What was it like to score your first career goal in such a big moment?

FEH: It was exciting! I came in on an injury substitution without really having any time to warm up, and before I knew it, I was at the top of the box with a chance to score. I thought we played well in the game, so it was a relief to earn a point from the match.

JC: How well have you bonded with your teammates so far this season?

FEH: This is one of the most close-knit teams I have been with. We eat meals together and spend a lot of time together, and I think it shows on the field where we all stand up for each other without hesitation.

JC: How tough has the adjustment to collegiate-level soccer been?

FEH: At first, it was a little different than I expected, because everyone is just bigger and faster at this level. However, I think I have been able to adjust pretty well, because we practice like we’re playing games, which has helped a lot.

JC: How did you choose to attend Swarthmore?

FEH: My sister actually went to Bryn Mawr, so I already had some connection with the school. I attended some camps here and attended the Elite 300 camp, where I spoke to our coach afterwards. We stayed in touch, and I liked the soccer program here along with the academics, so I decided to attend Swarthmore.

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