Providence senior Emma Roesner is a scoring machine. She totaled 35 goals last season, and she has 32 this year as the No.8 Pioneers (12-1-5) prepare to play No.6 Lawrenceburg in the Class A girls soccer regional on Saturday.
Courier-Journal: You were a freshman on Providence’s state runner-up team in 2012. Does that experience motivate you now?
Emma Roesner: I just know the feeling of how awesome it is to go to the state tournament, and I want to give all the girls on my team, who didn’t get a chance to do that, the opportunity. It’s really an unforgettable experience.
C-J: With 32 goals this year, you’re close to breaking the single-season score record of 36 (set by Casey Marlin in 2011). What would that mean to you?
Roesner: If I get the record, I would definitely give a lot of credit to my team. It’s not just all me. I hate getting the credit for all of it. It makes me feel bad. I’m not the one who’s doing all the work.
C-J: As a scorer, you are targeted by the defense. Is that extra attention frustrating, or is it a badge of honor?
Roesner: It’s a little of both. I’m used to it at this point, and I’ve adjusted my game to be able to play like that. It’s made me a better player. Getting marked only makes you play faster and have better skills.
C-J: Providence coach Dave Smith said you have an “innate sense for reading the play.” Where does that ‘soccer sense’ come from?
Roesner: I’ve played it for 15 years, so it comes from being around it for so long. It becomes a part of you.
C-J: What do you love about the game?
Roesner: I just love competition. It’s a great feeling to be out there. You can go out on the field and forget about all your problems, anything that’s going on, and completely clear your head.
C-J: After two years in Class 2-A because of the IHSAA’s success factor rule (following the back-to-back trips to the state finals), Providence is back in Class A. Does it feel like your team has been set free?
Roesner: We were in a weird position. It’s understandable. They have to set rules, and it was a good rule to have to break. If that’s the reason we had to be bumped up, it’s not a bad reason. Now we have a good chance to go far in this postseason, and I’m excited to see where it takes us.
C-J: What is the sense of pride with the tradition of Providence soccer?
Roesner: I grew up around Providence soccer. I was even a ball girl when I was younger. It’s just cool and exciting to be a part of that and make my mark on the program.
C-J: What has pointed you toward a career in nursing?
Roesner: My mom is a nurse. A while back, I never would have thought I would have been a nurse because of all the gross stories she tells me. But I really want to eventually go into neonatal nursing and possibly work at Kosair. That just seems really neat to me.
C-J: What does soccer need to become more popular with fans who might not appreciate the game?
Roesner: It’s the most popular sport in the majority of other countries, except for the United States. If more people understood the sport, it would help. The gist is pretty easy: you kick around the ball and get to get it in the big white rectangle. If people understood the rules, it would get them interested in it.
C-J: What have you learned from playing high school sports?
Roesner: One of the most important things I’ve learned is you’re always being watched. Whether you have the jersey on or not, people know who you are and where you’re from. So it’s always important to represent that, whether you’re in uniform or not.
EMMA ROESNER UP CLOSE
Family: parents Mary Ellen and Ted; sisters Anna (25) and Erin (23)
Student/athlete: NHS and Student Ambassador, Spanish Club, Spalding and major in nursing
Coach Dave Smith: Emma is a scoring machine who puts her team ahead of her own glory at all times. Her ability to find creases in the defense and deliver powerful, accurate strikes on goal is uncanny. She truly loves her teammates, which is why they hold her in such high regard. I believe Emma would be effective at any position on the field should we call on her to help us somewhere other than at striker. She is a fundamentally sound soccer player with an innate sense for reading the play as it unfolds.