Mike Emenalo
Sport: Soccer
Year Graduated: 1989
Year Inducted: 1998

In a team sport, it is very difficult to single out one individual as a person responsible for a team's emergence as a national contender.

Mike Emenalo is as near an exception as you can make.

A native of Nigeria, Mike matriculated at Boston University in the Fall of 1985. The previous year, the Terriers struggled through a 4-14-2 record. Under first-year coach Neil Roberts, Michael scored a team-leading 14 goals and 34 points as he helped lead the Terriers to a 14-4-1 record. A First Team All-New England selection, he scored the deciding goal in the Terriers' 2-1 win over Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament.

During his four-year career, he scored 36 goals and 32 assists for 104 points. He was First Team All-New England all four years, and the conference's tournament MVP as a sophomore. His senior year, he was team MVP, First Team All-Conference, Third Team All-America, and the E. Ray Speare Award recipient as the University's top senior student-athlete.

During this same span, the Terriers had an overall record of 54-17-11. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of his four years, making it to the second round twice. In addition, the team won the conference regular-season title in his senior year.

Michael continued to excel in soccer after graduation. He played in the First Division in Belgium and England, and the Second Division in Spain. He also played professional soccer in the U.S. for the Major League Soccer Team in San Jose, CA. Finally, he played for the 1994 Nigerian national team, making him the first foreign player to play for a U.S. college and go on to play in the World Cup.

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