Cameron Woodfin is from Old Hickory, Tennessee, and a junior on the men’s soccer team.
He is not usually in the starting line-up, but this season, he has made great use of the minutes he is getting on the field.
In one of the team’s first big match-ups against George Mason University, Woodfin scored the game-winning goal. A few days later, he did it again against Appalachian State. In both games he was coming off the bench as a substitute.
He jokingly said the Southern Conference had no other choice but to give him Player of the Week that week, since he was the leading scorer, but it clearly comes down to more than that.
“It’s really important to try and make your statement when you’re coming in as a sub,” Woodfin said.
As a kid, Woodfin was always coming to campus and coming to soccer camps and once he got noticed here he knew it was his chance to have the two things he really wanted: to play division one and to stay in-state.
He has had a special opportunity to grow with this team, especially with the other juniors and Head Coach Bo Oshoniyi. Woodfin and Oshoniyi started at ETSU at the same time.
“We have had two full years together,” Woodfin said, something that has allowed the team and Woodfin himself to grow in depth and talent.
Even though Woodfin has great support and understanding from his team, he makes sure to stay in touch with his family, because that will always be one of the most important parts of his life.
It’s a treat when his mom, step-dad and family get to come, and his dad tries to make it to every home game that he can.
Woodfin’s favorite memory is of hosting the SoCon Tournament last season. Playing in the final championship game, despite a devastating loss, has been one of his proudest moments.
“It was amazing the atmosphere brought to us by the fans,” Woodfin said. “We had athletes out here, the president out here … my brother got to see me play college soccer for the first time, and I loved playing every minute that I did.”
Moving into the rest of his junior season, Woodfin believes he and his teammates are ready to prove their mettle to people who have doubted them.
“Moving forward we have to start getting in sync with each other,” Woodfin said. “And keep proving that we can be a top contender in the country.”
Woodfin is a Psychology major with a political concentration and a minor in sociology.