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Whenever foes depart Salem State’s Alumni Field after a matchup against the Viking men’s soccer team, opposing coaches frequently ask Don Goodwin where they can grab a tasty bite to eat before their long bus ride back to their respective campuses.
“I just point them into the direction of Sammy and say go ask the guy who scored a goal against you,” said the Salem State coach, with a chuckle.
“Sammy,” formally know as Saimir Zepaj, is not a typical student athlete.
A 28-year-old senior forward for the Division 3 program, Zepaj returned to the university in 2011, after leaving in 2005 to open his own restaurant.
He is also the owner of Sammy’s Roast Beef and Sea Food, located on Canal Street, less than a mile from Alumni field.