Chris Porreca

2016 Winning Goals


Chris Porreca has never been scared of jumping in. His most defining moment was his first soccer game as a freshman, being thrown into the game with no prior knowledge.

“At that moment, I found out that college (and really, life) throws a lot of curveballs at us, and we can either rise to the occasion or crumble under the pressure,” he said.

Chris was one of the first members to join the UM-Dearborn soccer team in Fall 2012 and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Chris played in all three of the team’s seasons and started in every game for the past two. His dedication has earned him the title of captain for Fall 2015.

“He will undoubtedly be the best captain in this young program's history,” said his coach, Matt Quirk. “His discipline is second to none.”

A proponent of leadership by example, Chris is committed to his team. From leading off-season practice sessions, to mentoring younger team members, he hopes to use his story to show what dedication and great sportsmanship can accomplish.

Chris also is a leader off the field. A double major in biology and psychology, he has maintained a 3.62 GPA and volunteers in the emergency department at Oakwood Hospital in Trenton.

Chris wants to spend the rest of his life helping others. After graduation, he plans to go to medical school to become a doctor, working “on the front lines” of medicine, bringing his skills and his love for service to a new team and a different kind of field.