Galpin Makes Presence Known on Pitch


Photo courtesy of the Athletic Department

Leo Galpin, junior, takes the ball down the field for the Panthers against William Peace College.

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor

Leo Galpin, junior, has continued his career in his key sport by being a part of the Men’s Soccer team.

“He is a leader on the field and as well as off of it,” said Matt Cureton, Head Men’s Soccer Coach.

Galpin is a Criminal Justice major coming from Oxford, England.

Being introduced to different sports by his father–including tennis, golf, cricket, rugby, and soccer–he ultimately chose soccer.

“It was not until I was in school that I started to take a key interest in the sport,” Galpin said.

Since then, Galpin has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old, when he played as a left back for his local club Marston Saints FC.

“I have only taken it seriously since I was 16,” Galpin said.

Galpin has played centre back for Oxford City U17, U19, and U23. This season, according to the Men’s Soccer sports page, Galpin has played 13 games, made 19 shots, made six goals, and has one assist.

“His extra work has paid off, as he is having one of his best seasons, which is backed up by the stats,” said teammate, Callum Harrison, sophomore.

What brought Galpin to Ferrum was the isolation.

“It gives me time to focus on my studies and my soccer skills,” Galpin said.

While being on the team, Galpin has seen some differences in how the sport is played in the states compared to the U.K.

“Soccer is much more physical back home, the players I play with are a lot rougher,” Galpin said.

After graduation, Galpin plans to use his degree to stay in the states to join a policing academy or continue his career in soccer.

“I have multiple contacts back home with teams interested in signing me,” Galpin said.

According to teammates, Galpin has increased his soccer skills and bond with everyone on the team.

“Leo is not only a very hard working athlete, he is also a great person,” Harrison said. “With us both being from England, he helped me settle in last year very quickly, and we soon became close mates.”

Galpin has made his place within the soccer team during his time here.

“Leo was given captaincy this year which was well deserved and shows his importance to the team,” Harrison said. “Overall, Ferrum Men’s Soccer wouldn’t be the same without him,” Harrison said.