Andrea Decker is enjoying a breakout season with Mount Union in 2021

Mount Union’s Andrea Decker scored two goals as a freshman in 2019 and three goals as a sophomore in 2020 for the Purple Raiders. As a junior in 2021, she has already scored five goals and added two assists in just six matches. Decker told BGN, “I am very happy with how we have started this season and I’m glad that I could have a small part in that! We have a really solid team that push each other every day and hopefully we continue to get the results.”

The team’s positive 3-2-1 record to start the season doesn’t come as a big surprise to Andrea. “I have high hopes and expectation for this team,” she said. “We have a lot of returning players so we have been able to continue building from last spring. We also have really talented freshman class that have stepped up and made an impact.”

When it comes to career goals while at Mount Union, Decker said, “My goal for the team is to win the OAC’s, of course! Personally, I want to become the best player I can be and help build the team!”

“The group of players we have is amazing and I think we have a lot of potential as a team.”

Starting with their match tomorrow vs. Wooster, Mount Union will look to keep their summer momentum going deep into the fall as the leaves change colors and fall from the trees across Alliance, Ohio. Like most Ohioans, Andrea loves the transition from summer to fall in the Buckeye State. She said, “I absolutely love the changing of the seasons! Fall is my favorite season because of the weather and obviously, soccer season!”

Decker grew up in Hilliard, Ohio, a little under three hours away from Mount Union’s campus, and was a four-year letterwinner at Hilliard Bradley High School. “I had a great experience growing up in Hilliard,” Decker told BGN. “The school district is well respected with competitive athletics and strong academics. They have many programs for college and career preparation that helped my transition to college and set me up for success.”

“Also, as an Asian-American, Hilliard’s diverse population helped me feel more accepted.”

The balance of athletics and academics also led her to enrolling at Mount Union. Andrea explained, “Mount Union truly had everything I was looking for in a college. I wanted a smaller school because of the smaller class sizes and more individualized teaching. My nursing professors are also very supportive of student-athletes allowing me to study nursing and play soccer.”

On the decision to become a nursing major, Decker said, “I always knew that I wanted to go into the medical field and nursing was the perfect fit. I was lucky to have the opportunity to shadow a nurse my senior year of high school and that really solidified nursing for me.”

How has the COVID-19 pandemic shaped her view of the already noble profession of being a nurse or frontline worker? She answered, “Over the past year and a half, frontline workers have been the world’s heroes. Being a nursing student during this time has made me much more grateful and excited to become a nurse.”

“Last semester, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for the Alliance community.”

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.