Vukic key for women’s soccer

Sammantha Hopkins

Senior Emma Vukic plays soccer for Linfield as both an attacking midfielder and occasionally as a forward.

“If there were a highlight reel of the 10 greatest individual plays in Linfield women’s soccer history, half of them would showcase Emma,” said head coach Cole McCool.

Vukic is from Brainbridge Island, Washington. She is majoring in math and minoring in international relations.

Vukic started playing soccer when she was a small child and started to play in recreational leagues as early as she could. She has been playing soccer from an early age and has been focused on it ever since.

When she does not have soccer or school going on, Vukic enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and watching movies and TV shows with friends.

She said she enjoys “pretty much anything that de-stresses” her brain.

“Emma is a very rare player,” McCool said. “She is uniquely skilled for a player at the DIII level and one of, if not the most, technically skilled player that has ever come through our program.”

Coach McCool has a lot of positive things to say about Vukic.

“She thinks and sees things in the game that other players sometimes don’t see, and has the ability to take over games on her own,” McCool said. “Even more impressive is that she is humble, polite and a really nice kid. There is no ego involved with Emma.”

“Her passion and love for the game is undeniable,” said Daniella Nurmi, ’17, a teammate who has played with Vukic for three years. “She is a strong attacker and a key player on the team. She has an incredible shot, and a great touch on the ball.”

Vukic is a very passionate and key player on the team, and it seems that her team and coach both like working with her.