Athletes of the Week: Sarah Zembrodt, Amy Ghibaudy

by Erica Clark

As the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Transylvania University’s women’s soccer team has some highly honored players.

Senior Sarah Zembrodt was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Heartland Conference and first-year Amy Ghibaudy was selected as Freshman of the Year, in a vote of league coaches released on Tuesday.

As defensive center back, Zembrodt was part of a defense that did not permit a goal in two HCAC tournament games and allowed only 13 goals in the entire season.
Ghibaudy tied for the team lead in goals with 12 and ranked fifth in the HCAC in scoring in her first season.

Upon recruiting them, head coach Michael Fulton thought each girl would do very well on his team, fitting in both athletically and academically at Transy. He is more than pleased with what he got.

“Sarah brings leadership, strength and consistent play to our team. She also brings experience, which is molded by the past three years. Amy brings enthusiasm and a great work ethic that has allowed her to be successful,” said Fulton.

Zembrodt can attribute her successes to her fellow teammates.

“We are all really close so we push ourselves to train harder with each team practice, play better with each game, study harder with each class, and support consistently with each obstacle we encounter,” Zembrodt said. “I would not be where I am today without them.”

Like Zembrodt, Ghibaudy has sensed the camaraderie.

“My favorite thing about Transy soccer has been getting to know all the amazing girls, sharing memories and making friendships that I know will last,” Ghibaudy said.
Commenting on her growth, Fulton said Zembrodt has listened and learned from her own mistakes, as well as others’ mistakes.

“I expect (Ghibaudy) to grow in a similar way that Sarah has,” said Fulton. “I look forward to seeing her mature over the next three years.”

Since she’s been in college, Ghibaudy said she has gained more confidence as a player and as a person.

“The competition is harder, and every player I go against is at the same level or better,” Ghibaudy said.

“One of the most rewarding things from playing soccer here at Transy is definitely the work ethic that we have on the team. … There is an atmosphere that pushes you to be the best player and person you can be,” said Zembrodt.

Although, according to Fulton, Sarah’s presence on the field will be missed, this will allow for others to step up and apply what they have learned from Sarah and their own experiences.

“Because of seniors like Sarah and freshmen like Amy, we can be confident in knowing we have good kids in our program who will leave a positive impact for years to come,” said Fulton.


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