Girls of the Game: July 6 - Eilish Koch

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

July 6 vs. Boston Breakers - Eilish Koch

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part was the game, all of it.

What did you just do about five minutes ago?
I got to meet all of the players and the captain [Christine Sinclair] gave me her armband and I got a scarf from the coach (Cindy Parlow Cone). It was really cool.

Did you get to meet your favorite player?
Yes, the goalie Karina LeBlanc.

Why is she your favorite player?
I like how she busts into the game, throws it and catches the ball, I think it is really cool.

What makes you strong?
I am strong because if there is a girl hurt on the playground I will help her up and take her to the office even when I want to play the other games.

What makes you smart?
I am smart because I can be kooky and crazy and weird, but I can also be serious and attentive and (long pause) boring.

What makes you bold?
I am bold because I can stand up in front of a bunch of people and make a speech, or sing a song, or do a comedy act and I can be outward, do it with a strong voice and make eye contact.

Do you play sports?
I play sports, but I am not on a team.

What’s your favorite sport to play?
I have to say I like wrestling. I like the movement, locking and using pressure. I don’t want to hurt anybody I just like wrestling.

Do you think you’ll come back to another game?
Yah! I like to watch and I’ll try to get my cousin, Emily, back into playing.