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Soccer Star Eric Mirkov Goes Pro

By Emily Grasso 13

At this time during the school year, most seniors are beginning to make their college decisions and choose where they will spend the next four years of their lives. Eric Mirkov ‘13, is no different. This month Eric committed to playing Division I soccer next year for nearby St John’s University.

Mirkov plays as a midfielder and has been a starter for three years on Prep’s varsity team. His career at Prep has been strong, with 15 goals and 29 assists. "Technically, he’s at the top of the game," coach Franco Purificato said. "He broke the school’s all-time assist record this year so his unselfishness definitely plays a big part."

Over the past five years, the soccer team has yielded about ten Division I players, for schools such as Villanova, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Adelphi. However, Purificato stresses, Eric’s situation is different. "They’re not St. John’s," Purificato said. "This is special. This is my first player to go to a program that every year is in the top 10 in the country. It’s great."

Since he was a young boy, Eric always dreamed of going to St John’s and of playing soccer there. Throughout the recruitment process, he never really considered taking offers from other schools. His mother is a graduate of St John’s. He attended soccer camp there and estimates he has been to more than fifty games at Belson Stadium.

"I always thought it’s right here, why do I have to look further away? I’ve always thought I could play at this level and it’s right here in front of me," Mirkov said.

When asked about his inspiration, Eric names his grandmother, who is battling illness. "She’s the strongest lady that I know," Mirkov said. "If she can fight for her life, I can fight for a game and fight for my spot. I’m ready for it."