Enns: Never walking alone on the field

By Michaela Ard

The Liverpool team motto, “You will never walk alone,” reads
clearly on Jonathan Enns’ side.

“It is a good motto to live by,” said Enns, who was last week’s
CCAA player of the week, and forward for the Cal Poly Pomona’s
men’s soccer team.

The motto of Liverpool, Enns’ favorite soccer team, is not the
only ink found on the talented player.

On his shoulder depicts a soccer ball, wings, and the letters

Soccer is premanently is represented on Enns’ body. The sport
has allowed him to stay active, have fun and has introduced him to
some of his best friends.

The 6-foot-1-inch player values the friendship of those who
include current and past soccer players.

“You develop friendships [in soccer],” Enns said. “Kids I played
with when I was five to ten I am still friends with, they are still
my best friends.”

Enns is a senior at CPP who transferred from Fresno City
College, where he was a two-time All-Central Valley Conference
first team selection.

He has not been a student at CPP for very long, but that hasn’t
stopped him from developing relationships with his coaches and

“[Jonathan] has a good relationship with his teammates,” said
Lance Thompson, head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer
team. “And I always tell them that the way you interact with the
team . . . and the way you play and perform, is a direct
correlation of how you are living your life.”

As a forward for the soccer team, Enns has many opportunities to
take shots for the Broncos.

“He’s got what I like to call an educated left foot,” said
Thompson. “He’s got a very powerful shot.”

The Buchanan High School native, a school in Clovis, California,
has been playing soccer for 17 years, about as long as some college
freshman students have been alive.

“I just love it,” said Enns. “I love the game. It’s quick, and
it inspires a lot out of you, which I like, and it’s really
demanding on the body.”

Enns received the 2007 offensive player of the year award his
senior year of high school.

So far in the 2011 season, the left footed Enns has scored six
goals for the Broncos, most being kicked by his less dominant

“Four or five of his six goals were from his right foot, which
is very interesting,” said Thompson.

Besides being a smart player, Enns, his coach and his teammates
also attribute his goals to his quick feet while handling the
soccer ball.

“He is dynamic, fast, he’s creative . . . [and] smart with the
ball,” said teammate and roommate Sean Gurley, who plays as a
midfielder for Cal Poly.

Enns does not limit his impressive soccer skills to the grass
fields of Pomona; he enjoys playing soccer indoors as well.

“I enjoy video games,” Enns said. “I play FIFA a lot, and it is
a pretty realistic game compared to how soccer actually is.”

The forward is a dedicated player and friend, but he is also a
focused student who believes in putting classes first.

Enns, a kinesiology major, hopes to continue his athletic
lifestyle after college.

“I want to go and get my teaching credentials,” said Enns, “and
then coach and teach. . . physical education and training.”

As a senior player on the team, Enns has come into his own as a
person, student, and player, and the coaches have noticed his
improvements with each passing game.

“He’s been on fire,” said Thompson. “Whenever you lose a senior,
especially one like Jonathan Enns, who has brought valuable
experiences, especially as a senior, that is going to be tough to


Chris McCarthy / The Poly Post


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