Although senior Christoffer Staahl’s soccer career ended early this year, as he is set to graduate in the spring, he has continued to collect accolades for his performance on the pitch. On Tuesday, Nov. 30 Staahl was named to the United Soccer Coaches Division III Mid-Atlantic All-Region team for the second year in a row. The following day, he was awarded an All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III selection.
This was the third time in his four-year career he received this award. These are just two of the most recent accolades Staahl has accumulated over his years as a Valiant.
“It is going to be weird without soccer in my life. I have played soccer since I was six years old; always been a part of a team, always been with the guys. It is going to be different without constantly having them around,” Staahl said when discussing the end of his soccer career.
Throughout Staahl’s career here at Manhattanville, he was named to the All-Conference first-team every year. Becoming only the ninth athlete in Valiant history to accomplish that feat. This year he was also recognized as the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. After his rookie season Staahl was awarded Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the ECAC first or second team three times.
Staahl has been the anchor of the Valiants defense for the last four years. During his time here, he racked up over 5,700 minutes played, in 67 appearances. Each year Staahl was at the helm of the defense, the Valiants never averaged over 2 goals against per game.
“He consistently exceeded expectations as captain. Staahl always led by example both athletically and academically. He has been a personal role model for me,” said four-year teammate and fellow defenseman Ryan Trainor.
Staahl’s success at Manhattanville was not limited to the soccer field. He has been a two-time winner of Academic AII-MAC selection and member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team. He is originally from Lulea, Sweden. He came to the United States to pursue a major in finance. Staahl currently holds a 3.93 grade point average he said. Balancing soccer, school, and a social life can be challenging. “At first it was difficult to balance everything. Once you figure it out, you realize that it is all about time management. I always looked ahead on the calendar and made sure to give myself enough time to complete all of my work,” said Staahl. He has done more than excel in the classroom. His first internship while enrolled at Manhattanville was with Spartan Capital where he was an equity analyst. The summer after his junior year he received the prestigious internship with MasterCard, where he was a financial analyst intern. MasterCard asked him back to intern again for the fall semester at the same position.
After graduation, he hopes to work in the city for a year. After his first year in the United States after graduation he wishes to obtain a visa and continue to work in the states.