Greek Australian soccer player Emali Goulas will be heading to the US next year on a scholarship to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Goulas will spend three and a half years studying a bachelor of business administration while still living her dream overseas.
The Alamein FC star told Neos Kosmos about how thrilling this experience will be.
“It is a really exciting opportunity for me – I will be able to continue my education while doing the one thing I enjoy the most, playing football,” she said.
“Living and playing football overseas is something I have always wanted to do.”
The youngster got her start in Melbourne’s southeast, at the age of seven for local club Ashburton United.
In 2015 she made the transition into the National Premier League (NPL) and during this time she was exposed to the standards of play in other countries, competing in the likes of the Gothia Cup tournament in China.
She has now progressed to playing for the senior side of NPLW Victoria side Alamein.
“I am trying to learn and develop as much as I can before I go overseas,” she said.
She is doing so as the assistant technical director for the junior squads at the club while also coaching and helping to develop other young talent.
Like most young Greek Aussies, Goulas remains connected to her heritage (which comes from Kalamata, Lesvos, Thessaloniki and Trikala) through holidays to Greece, listening to music with her dad, Greek school when younger and spending time with her grandparents.