Ross Emerson '57

Ross Emerson arrived on campus in 1951 from Pittsburgh’s Carrick High School with zero soccer experience.

After two outstanding seasons, a two-year volunteer stint for the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in Korea, and two more stellar seasons, he left Grove City with a career scoring record of 48 goals that stood for 51 years, the highest goals per game average, and the distinction of being the only player in school history to play on two unbeaten and untied soccer teams.

Emerson joined the varsity in his freshman year after showing an affinity for the game in intramural competition.  His varsity debut against archrival Westminster proved victorious, despite the referee stopping the game several times so Ross could understand the offside rule. Still, Emerson scored both goals in a 2-0 win. 

With his speed, natural talent and a great bunch of teammates, he led the 1952 team to a 6-0-0 finish. After two years in Korea with the 82nd Airborne, he returned in 1955 to set a single-game record of five goals against Indiana, Pa. 

In 1956, both coach Bob Thorn and Emerson solidified their legacies at Grove City with a 7-0-0 season, including the ending of Oberlin’s 50-game win streak in the finale.

The College inducted him into its Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.

Additionally, this mechanical engineering major won the intramural handball championship and later worked as cartographer for National Geographic Society.  His numerous awards include the U.S. Senior Olympics gold medal softball team, the U.S. Senior World Series championship team and induction into the Metro Washington Softball Hall of Fame.