Greensburg Salem grad Indof, Penn State Behrend women’s soccer a perfect match
Greensburg Salem grad Emily Indof normally doesn’t make impulse decisions. But after wrapping up her second preseason soccer camp with the Duquesne women’s soccer team, Indof knew the school wasn’t the place for her.
So she made a decision and made it fast.
“I was actually planning on going to Duquesne for at least the first semester,” said Indof, who had offers from Robert Morris, Cal (Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown and Penn State Behrend coming out of high school. “I was there for preseason, and I knew that I wasn’t going to enjoy my time this year. It was an impulsive decision, and I literally decided (what to do) in 48 hours.”
A talent like Indof doesn’t go unnoticed.
A few hours after the Duquesne compliance department sent an email releasing Indof, an old admirer called. Penn State Behrend coach Patrick O’Driscoll wanted to see what Indof’s plans were.
“We heard that she had been trying to transfer,” said O’Driscoll, who has led Penn State Behrend (10-6, 8-0) to nine Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference titles in his 13 seasons. “I haven’t seen her play for a while. I remember when I could see her play, my perception was that she was a player who could come in and make impact.”
Before Indof could make an impact, the 5-foot-3 defensive midfielder had to act fast.
Classes at Penn State Behrend started in four days. There was a Friday meeting with O’Driscoll and a quick tour. Indof picked Penn State Behrend the next day. She raced back to Duquesne living quarters on Sunday, packed her bags and made the 130-mile trip north to begin the next chapter in her collegiate soccer career.
“It was a crazy weekend deciding all of this,” said Indof. “But I felt like one door was closing, and then this one opened up right in front of me, so I had to take the opportunity.”
Indof started school the day after her arrival. She hit her first practice and immediately proved her worth. O’Driscoll moved his new-found talent to forward, where she scored a goal in the Lions’ 2-0 win over Baldwin Wallace to open the season.
“It was definitely a great feeling,” Indof said. “I just wanted to come in and play confident. I wanted to do that for the girls. They were all super welcoming and made me feel better.
Indof’s production on the pitch hasn’t fallen off. She ranks second on the team and in the AMCC in goals (12) and points (29). She’s also third in the conference with five assists.
She had hat tricks in AMCC wins over La Roche and Medaille and found the back of the net twice in last Wednesday’s 8-0 conference win over Hilbert to keep the Lions in sole possession of second place in the nine-team conference.
After losing nine seniors and all four forwards off of last season’s team, Indof was exactly what the Lions and O’Driscoll needed.
“She came in hitting the ground running,” O’Driscoll said.
Indof came in with a Division I work ethic, too.
“She’s really good at paying attention to details” O’Driscoll said. “She takes care of her body in good way. She has an intensity in how she practices and how she takes care of herself away from the field. I think there’s some carry over from Division I in that way.”
For Indof, she’s just happy to have found place where she fits in.
“Ever since I was little, I dreamed of playing D-I soccer,” she said. “The opportunity was there, I took it, and when I was there, I realized it wasn’t a fit for me.”