Drew Patterson, varsity soccer player

“Drew Patterson currently leads the team in both goals and assists, racking up stats in almost every game so far this season. He scored two and assisted on the third goal in a 3-0 win over division rivals Summit. He then added another goal and two assists in a 5-0 win over North Plainfield, and scored the lone goal in a tough 2-1 overtime loss to state-ranked Elizabeth. He will look to keep his hot streak alive when Cranford takes on state-ranked Scotch Plains-Fanwood.”
— Coach Greg Campbell

What is your favorite part of boys soccer?
“My favorite part of Cranford boys soccer would be the before practice banter with the boys.”

In what way has the sport benefitted you?
“The sport has given me something to look forward to everyday. I spend almost all my free time playing or watching soccer because of how much I love it.”

What is your biggest challenge in soccer?
“My biggest challenge is staying respectful towards my opponents and referees. Sometimes I can have a little too much fun.”

How do you get ready for a soccer game?
“I try not to take any game too seriously. I find that I play my best when I just go out there and have fun with the game.”

What are some goals you wish to accomplish before the season ends?
“I hope to win a county and state championship. I also hope to help my team this year by scoring important goals for us.”

Who are your favorite professional athletes?
“Ronaldinho, Neymar and Daniel Sturridge.”

What other hobbies do you have?
“Other than training and playing soccer, I enjoy riding bikes.”

What are your plans after high school?
“After high school, I hope to play division 1 soccer. From there, I’m
going to see how far I can go playing the game I love.”

What is your favorite subject in school?
“My favorite subject in school is English.”