Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field), junior business major and soccer player extraordinaire, stepped up in a big way in last week’s games. He scored his first career hat trick in EMU’s win against EHC, earning the only goals in the 3-0 win. In a 1-0 win over Shenandoah, he assisted on the game’s only goal. Joshua was subsequently named ODAC Athlete of the Week for his stellar soccer style.
“It was pretty surprising, I wasn’t expecting to play the striker role because I play as a winger,” Joshua said, “but our starting striker wasn’t there...but I was confident in that game, I felt like I could do something and I managed to get it done, and luckily my first goal of the season happened to end up to be a hat trick, so that was a blessing.”
Joshua used the summer to focus on his individual game.
“My personal goals were to go down in weight, also work on technical skills, build my endurance, my speed, my agility, also just working on my shots as well,” Joshua explained.
The results of this work show on the field.
Joshua and his team hope that this positive start to the conference season will enable them to host an ODAC Tournament game.
“We just want to go strong and we don’t want to lose any more games in the conference,” Joshua said. “We want to remain in the top and host a game here.”
From there, who knows what could happen! Joshua foretells great thing for EMU men’s soccer.
“First thing we can host the ODAC game and do well in our home,” Joshua said, “and then we can maintain that and get to the ODAC Championship and move on to that NCAA Tournament.”
Besides having a business major, Joshua is minoring in photography. He’s not sure what life will look like for him post-graduation, but he hopes his two interests will coincide in one job.
“You know a lot of opportunities [are] there but I haven’t really focused on it yet, so we’ll see what happens.”
Outside of school and soccer, Joshua likes to spend time with his friends.
“Just to have a small group, you know, bonding with everyone, playing FIFA...you know, simple stuff.”
Soccer has been a part of Joshua’s life from a young age.
“What got me into soccer was just my parents. Our culture is based on soccer itself- my parents taught me when I was about five years old and I’ve loved it since. I just keep playing,” Joshua said. “I love the game, I do it for the glory of God. I’m happy to be playing.”
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern