GSU’s keeper nets success on and off the pitch
Vincent Foermer knows first-hand how formidable it can be to jump from high school in another country to college in the United States.
So Foermer, the goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team and a native of Hamburg, Germany, reached out to incoming freshman signee Caolan O’Gorman, who hails from Ireland, to help ease his transition to a new school, city and country.
“I know it can be tough,” said Foermer, now a sophomore, “so I thought I could help him.” Foermer admits that it will be nice having another European on the squad to talk “football” with (Foermer’s favorite team is England’s Newcastle United). But for his head coach, Brett Surrency, the gesture was further evidence that the kid he put on goal as a freshman is upping his game both off and on the field.
“This just shows what kind of person Vince is,” Surrency said. “He took the initiative on his own to contact Caolan. His driving force was that he wished someone would have done it for him before he came over.”
As soon as Foermer landed at Georgia State, he set out to win the job of starting goalkeeper – a demanding position that he has played since he was 6 years old. Back home in Germany, Foermer played for Hamburg, one of the top youth clubs in the country. His team competed against the best in Europe, including Manchester United’s youth team.
“It was obvious from day one that Vince was the man for the job,” Surrency said. “Vince proved day after day that he deserved to be on the field despite just being a freshman.”
After cementing a spot in the starting lineup, Foermer went on to make 75 saves, good for fifth best all-time in a season for GSU.
He was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association rookie team and finished second in the conference in saves and saves per game.
This year, Foermer leads the CAA with 82 saves and also leads the conference with 5.12 saves per game. He is also climbing up the career record chart in saves with a total of 157, which already puts him sixth on the all-time list.
Foermer is equally successful in the classroom – he majors in risk management and has a 3.9 grade-point average. It’s no surprise that the President’s List scholar has a philosophy when it comes to his approach in both athletics and academics.
“If you give everything on the field, it’s easier to take that same attitude into the classroom,” he says.
Foermer says he gets to talk to his family a couple of times a week via Skype. His first year here, he went back home during the offseason. This summer, however, he is staying put to get ready for the season as well as take summer school classes so he can graduate early and move on to graduate school.
“I think I’ve made the best decision in my life coming here,” he said. “I love it here, so why not stay, you know?”