Getting to know Norths Andre Van Es
ANDRE VAN ES
Van Es, a senior forward and co-captain, has five goals and five assists for the Redskins, who were 6-5 overall and 5-2 in City League play heading into Thursdays match against Word of Life under first-year coach Curt Wullschleger.
New coach, new rules, new way of doing things. Hows that been for you and your teammates this season?
You can say its his first year being a coach and all that but I think, to me, it seems like hes been doing it forever. Some people can make excuses like it didnt work out because there was a new coach, but I think the opposite. Hes worked out fine. He likes to give it to us exactly how it is about what we need to do. If we need to work on possession, thats what we work on. If we need to work on fitness, thats it. Hes very straightforward.
You transferred to Northwest last year, then back to North. Whats the story behind that?
I was living with my mom for a bit and I was just (at Northwest) for the second semester. I just missed North a lot. Thats where most of my friends are. So I went back to my dad about halfway through the summer.
Speaking of your friends, who are you closest to on the team?
Our co-captain, Cobi Black. Hes an outgoing guy, the guy who gets everybody enthused about whats going on out there. Weve also got the same goals as far as wanting to go play soccer in college. I think we started playing together in the fourth or fifth grade on a team called the Cobras.
Have you picked a college yet?
Not yet, but Im taking a visit to Johnson County on Oct. 21 and Im visiting Pratt sometime in November.
Who was the one who started you playing soccer?
My grandfather, Jack Van Es. He came to America from the Netherlands and went to North High and hes the one who put me on my first team when I was 4 years old. He taught me how to play until I was old enough that I could start getting really coached. Hes still at every single game.
Is he loud on the sideline or does he lay back?
If Im having a bad game I can always hear him on the sideline, which is funny because hes the one I think about right before we play. When Im playing good, hes quiet. He lets me do my own thing.