Brad Kerstetter was four years old when he began playing soccer. His dream was to play for the Harrisburg Heat, a professional arena soccer league. After graduating from Seton Hall in May 2012, Kerstetter's lifelong dream came true.
A native of Halifax, P.A., Kerstetter grew up admiring the Harrisburg Heat players.
"Some of my favorite childhood memories are from running around at Heat games with my friends, going to soccer clinics, meeting players and collecting autographs," recounted Kerstetter. "I still have all of my signed Heat posters, shirts, soccer balls and trading cards from when I was a kid."
Growing up, Kerstetter thrived as a player for a premier soccer team in Hershey, P.A. He was also a varsity soccer player for Halifax High School. He led his high school team to win back-to-back state titles and his skills were noticed by Seton Hall coaches. He was contacted by current head coach, Gerson Echeverry, to play for the Pirates. He credits his time as a player at Seton Hall for shaping him into the player he is today.
"The competition of the Big East forces you to work hard every day or you'll get left behind," said Kerstetter. "That was always my motivation to keep moving forward and become a better player."
Throughout his four years at Seton Hall, Kerstetter helped the team achieve many victories and has countless memories he will never forget.
"My best memory from Seton Hall was my senior night when we upset Connecticut after the game was postponed due to snow," said Kerstetter. "It was an incredible scene with the snow plowed a few feet high right outside the sidelines. We played one of the best complete games we ever put together in my four years."
Throughout his first season as a defender for the Heat, Kerstetter has become accustomed to the professional soccer environment. The biggest difference between playing for Seton Hall and the Heat is that he now plays indoors. Professional games are fast paced and action packed, and there is always a large, energetic crowd cheering the team on.
"My favorite moment so far was scoring my first professional goal. It was such a good feeling and something I had dreamed about since the beginning of my soccer career," said Kerstetter.
As he continues to prosper as a defender for the Harrisburg Heat, Kerstetter is excited for the future ahead of him. He cherishes his memories from Seton Hall and remains a Pirate at heart.
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