Student Athlete Spotlight: Player attributes growth in faith to team


Sophomore Chris McGurn is a member of the Baron’s soccer team. (Photo by John Gallagher)

Sophomore Christopher McGurn has found a second home on the soccer field. After leading all peers in goal scoring during his high school soccer career, the three time All Star has embraced a role on a Baron team loaded with talent.

“I enjoy the sport because it helps me get away from all of my other responsibilities” said McGurn. The capacity to “just have fun” is one he said motivates him to find the field during spare time.

The sport also drew the high school star because of the required training on and off the field.

“I learned that you get out what you put in,” he said. “All of the work, blood, sweat, and tears I put in gave me the most playing time I’ve had.”

That increase in playing time helped the Franciscan University men’s soccer team to their first playoff game in program history. The team’s overall 10-7-1 record was good enough for an AMCC Quarterfinal birth.

After enjoying the benefits of the Austria Study Abroad Program during this coming spring semester, McGurn plans on two more successful athletics seasons as a member of the soccer team.

“The team helps me grow in my faith” he said, witnessing to athletic fruits greater than the win/loss column. “It makes me ask God to help me endure the pain that I go through, and to offer it up for any intentions that I give to Him.”

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