Annala uses faith as motivation in soccer career


Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Annala has over 81 saves in the 2015 season and has a 75 percent save percentage. She has three shutouts through 17 games this year.

By Raven Boyd

Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Annala made eight saves in the game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, completing her first shutout of the season.

Annala has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Athletes in Action, an organization dedicated to using sports to help people answer questions they may have about religion. The Huskies (3-12-2, 2-6-2 MAC) will take on Western Michigan (10-3-3, 7-1-1 MAC) at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Q: How did you get started playing soccer?

A: I started playing park district when I was little just for fun. I got into club because my parents forgot to sign me up for park district. There was one spot left on the club team so they were like, ‘Let’s just throw her in there,’ and that’s how I got started.

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

A: I think I take a lot of it out of my faith. I am a part of Athletes in Action, and that really inspires me to enjoy the opportunities I have and make the best of it.

Q: What is your major and how did you make that choice?

A: My major is accounting. I knew that they had a really great business program here so I looked into accounting a little bit and got interested in forensic accounting.

Q: What would be your dream job?

A: To be a forensic accountant for the FBI would definitely be my dream job.

Q: What are some of your personal goals?

A: I hope that for the rest of the season we can finish out strong and get a couple wins in the record book. Otherwise a big goal would be to make it to the MAC championship with the team next year or even our senior year just really to improve.