Second-year goalkeeper inspired by CWRU community

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

Andrew Engelmeyer is a second-year goalkeeper on the Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team. Last season, he saw action in three games allowing one goal with four saves. He continues to grow in the sport, and is looking forward to next season. Off the field, Engelmeyer is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as well as Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. He is working toward a degree in chemical engineering.

Where did you get your passion for soccer? Any good stories?

Soccer has been a part of who I am for my entire life. I started out watching my brother play and kicking the ball around with him. I would obviously watch the World Cup whenever it was on. I would play soccer video games. Just all sorts of things. I started playing for my church league team, then started playing Select in second grade. I think my passion grew for the game when I played for my high school team and especially when I came to CWRU. Being able to play everyday with a really close group of guys takes my love for the game to a whole new level. As far as good stories, I remember when I was really young I thought the goalkeeper was the coolest position, so I would grab a pair of oven mitts and ask my siblings to shoot on me.  

Do you have any matches that you remember being particularly special? Why?

The match against [University of Chicago] UChicago this year was incredible. They were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time, and we were able to win 2-1. Everyone was elated after the win. Also, the game against [University of] Rochester that we won in overtime. We stormed the field and coach danced in the huddle. The tournament was an awesome experience. We were able to get to the Elite 8 by beating Kenyon [College] in penalty kicks. We had fans and players storming the field afterward which was wild. Hope we can make a run again.

Aside from soccer, what else are you involved in on campus? Can you explain what you do in them?

I am in Undergraduate Consulting Club and Consult Your Community. I work as a business analyst for CYC working on a pro bono case. I am a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on campus. I am the service and philanthropy chair and a member of the executive board. Lastly, I am a member of the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity.

Why are you majoring in chemical engineering? What interests you about it?

I came in as a [biomedical engineering] major, but discovered I was really only interested in the biomaterials part of the major. Especially the pharmaceutical application of the concepts. I find it very interesting that the delivery of drugs throughout the body can be controlled by reaction kinetics, cell receptors and transport concepts. I also find the concept of taking a reaction and properly scaling it to fulfill an industrial need to be pretty cool.

What are your favorite free time activities? Why?

When I have free time I tend to be pretty lazy. I like to binge watch TV shows when I get the time. I am a big “FIFA” guy as well. It is always nice to snag a “dub” against some of the other soccer guys.

What is your favorite quote or what inspires you?  

It isn’t necessarily an idea that inspires me. There are a lot of very talented and hard working people here at Case Western Reserve. Seeing and working with others who are as committed or more committed to their passion than I am really inspires me. Beyond that there are a lot of really nice people here too. Being surrounded by all of these amazing people makes me want to be the best version of myself that I can.