Senior soccer players end college career; plans for future

The men’s soccer team finished its season and the seniors that are leaving the team have plans for the future. While most of the team gets to practice in the spring for next season, these seniors will not be joining their team like usual.

Some senior athletes feel sadness for the season coming to an end, but most have a plan for the next step in their sports career or life goals.

Senior Forward Mohammad Salhieh

Salhieh, a criminal justice major, is from Springfield, Ohio and played high school soccer at Kenton Ridge.

“I can’t believe it’s over already,” Salhieh said. “It felt like preseason was yesterday. We had a great year and what made it better was the group of guys on this year’s team.”

In 2012, Salhieh showcased himself with 17 appearances for the Norse, including three starts and scoring two goals. One of which was against Milwaukee and the other a game-winner against Western Kentucky University.

“It feels good to finish my college career on a successful note. I won a national championship my freshman year, so it’s kind of hard to top that,” Salhieh said.

Salhieh will be going to Jordan on May 20 for soccer trials in June.

“Hopefully, I will be signing my first professional contract. Hopefully, that’s in God’s plan for me,” he said.

Salhieh is due to graduate this spring in May. He said he’s proud that he’s graduating on time since many athletes don’t because the amount of time and traveling that sports take away from academics.

“It is definitely weird being able to sleep in every morning because I do not have soccer anymore. It’s different feeling being a normal college student even if it’s just for a semester,” Salhieh said.

Senior Midfielder Nicholas Chiarot

“I am always upset when the season finally ends, but we had a great year as a team,” Chiarot said. “I am very happy how it went with me personally.”

Chiarot is from Brampton, Ontario and went to Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. Both Salhieh and Chiarot came to NKU as freshman and won the championship that year together. They also have been roommates outside of soccer for their duration at NKU.

Chiarot is due to graduate next winter in December 2014 but will not be playing next fall. If soccer does not continue for Chiarot he will go another path with his major, sports business.

“I am going to continue with my soccer career,” Chiarot said. “I am going to be trying out with some Europe club teams. Hopefully everything will work out with that.”

In his first year 2010 at NKU, Chiarot started all 25 games for the Norse, totaling four goals and six assists for his freshman campaign. Chiarot also assisted in the win over Missouri S&T for the win in the NCAA Midwest Regional final.

“I would like to be a sports agent for players or teams,” Chiarot said. “I may go for my masters also.”