A senior forward/midfielder, Trisha Luis scored a team-high 11 goals in her final season to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women’s soccer team to a 15-3-5 overall record and its first Northeast-10 tournament title since 2012. The team won its first NCAA Division 2 tournament game before falling in the second round. Luis earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors in each of her four seasons, a run capped off with her selection to the All-Conference first team as a senior. A soccer captain her junior and senior seasons at Lowell High and a basketball captain as a senior, she’s now majoring in criminal justice with minors in sociology and psychology.
Q. You had 11 goals this year and five were game-winners. What’s up with your ability to get timely goals?
A. It feels like every single time when it comes down to having to win the game, I feel I can pull through for us. Every time I step on the field I think I can create stuff for me or my teammates. I don’t know if it’s about having the pressure on me, but I like it. I like how the team looks to me to get the job done. When I do it, it’s a fantastic feeling.
Q. What’s your best athletics’ memory from college?
A. It has to be the progress our team made from spring semester to this year. Other years we were more up and down with a lot of things happening on and off the field. In the spring we really made sure we handled that, and did a lot of team-building, and the coach made sure we tried to fix those issues. To see it all come together was great. It helped us a lot and made us successful. I loved to see it, and it was a huge change, and I think why we connected so well and got the job done. This year was incredible. It was such a good way to go out. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Q. Do you have a favorite professional team?
A. I’d take a soccer team. Manchester United. I’m a big fan.
Q. And a favorite athlete?
A. I’d have to say Carli Lloyd when she played for the United States National Team, because of her attitude and the way she approached things: If you don’t work for it, you’re not going to get it. That’s what it says in her book [“When Nobody Was Watching”]. It’s kind of who I am. I work day in and day out for what I want. I took that approach this summer and it paid off. It really did. I’ve always looked up to her. Overall, she’s a good person to look up to: She works hard for what she wants.
Q. How’d you decide on criminal justice as a major?
A. I’ve always had an interest in law enforcement. I want to be a police officer. Being from Lowell, it’s a blue-collar place, and you see that crime and stuff every day, kids getting in trouble. Law enforcement always caught my eye. I want to be out in the community, helping people.
Q. What do you plan to do when you get out of school?
A. I’ve been talking to my coach [Elie Monteiro] about playing further. I’m still working on that right now. It’s not a definite. Finland might be possible. He’s got a couple of connections there. But it’s all talk right now. In the future I want to become an officer in corrections or a police officer. But I think I have more to offer the game, and I don’t want to give up on it right now.
Q. What’s the best advice you ever received from a coach?
A. They always told me it’s OK to make mistakes. I critique myself and I don’t like to make mistakes, and I think I shouldn’t be making them. They say it’s OK to make a mistake and just get to the next play and fix it. If you lose the ball, you have another chance to get it back.Allen Lessels can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.