Cameron Emerson finds spot at NCAA, Division II Anderson University

March 29, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — If traveling halfway across to world to southern Virginia wasn’t stressful enough, then making the four-plus hour trek from Martinsville, Va. to Anderson, S.C. should be no problem for Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) freshman men’s soccer player Cameron Emerson.

Emerson, a native of Wellington, New Zealand, had a successful one and only season at PHCC and leaves after this term to play at Anderson University in South Carolina in the fall after signing his letter of intent to play at the NCAA, Division II school. The central midfielder is part of the latest crop of Patriots to transfer to a top level Division I or II four-year program.

“Anderson was on his radar and so we sent him to visit and I think he liked the fit,” PHCC men’s soccer coach Enda Crehan said. “It’s a good option and a great offer. You can’t drag this out too long because if they like the school and have the major they want, then you need to jump on it.”

When Emerson first visited the campus, he said he liked it immediately as it fit the academic profile he was looking for to suit his kinesiology major. The freshman said he wants to become a personal trainer or physical education teacher and that academics is his first priority. When the school decided to add a soccer scholarship and partial academic scholarship to the mix, Emerson said it was a win-win situation.

The midfielder started in 13 of 17 games for the Patriots in 2015, scoring four goals to go with four assists for a total of 12 points. Crehan said Emerson played well down the stretch in helping the Patriots earn a berth in the Region X title game against eventual national champion Louisburg College (N.C.). After adjusting to an American brand of soccer, Crehan said he present a challenging matchup for PHCC’s opposition.

“He’s got the ability to do things that can change a game. He can change the pace and is a big strong lad and is technically good,” Crehan said. “His work rate was great and he had the ability to play multiple positions. He stepped up when we needed him.”

Crehan and his assistant Anton Traquair helped bring Emerson to the United States after a series of schools fell through for the New Zealand native. With a chance at giving the freshman midfielder the exposure he was looking for, connections through Crehan’s coaching circles helped open the door for Anderson University.

Anderson went 8-8-1 last season and fell to No. 4 Queens 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference championship. Emerson said he hopes to establish himself at his new school and play a key role in the central part of the pitch.

“When I go to Anderson I look to get a firm place in the middle of the park. I enjoy being on the ball and feel at home in the middle,” Emerson said.

Emerson has experience playing for his national team in New Zealand at the U17 level. He also played futsal for his national team and scored a highlight goal this past season against Cape Fear.

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