AU Professors Support @AU_MSoccer Team

American University Men's Soccer posing with professors.

By: Kristan Bravo, SOC/BA'18

WASHINGTON- American University Men’s Soccer is celebrating a thrilling victory after defeating Navy 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. To make the win even more special, AU professors were invited to attend the game by student-athletes that they have positively impacted inside and outside the classroom.

The latest installment of Very Important Professors (VIP) games hosted by the Student Athlete Support Program (SASP) in partnership with AU Athletics marketing allowed professors to see their students shine on the field. AU took their first conference win of the season thanks to three goals scored by freshman Nicholas Dimitrijevic.

Sophomore goal keeper John Plewes nominated writing studies Professor Nancy Kidder to attend the game after taking her Introduction to Rhetoric class his freshman year. 

“I’m so happy to be here because I get to see John in his atmosphere,” said Kidder. “He was very resilient (in class) in his growth as a writer and critical thinker. It was amazing to see, and I can’t wait to see him in action.”  

Freshman forward Jerry Zouantcha nominated Professor Naomi Moland from the School of International Service.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jerry in the class (Cross Cultural Communication) so far, and I’m happy to be here,” said Moland. “I think it’s important for us to see our students as not only students in our classroom, but learn about the other things they do on campus.”    

This VIP game was the first athletic event Moland has attended at AU, and the team made it memorable.

For more on AU’s victory over Navy check out the full recap by clicking here and follow the team all season long by clicking here!

SASP will continue to sponsor VIP games throughout the season to foster an ongoing bond between players and professors outside of the classroom. The AU Volleyball team will be hosting their VIP event on Wednesday, Oct. 11.