For those that know me well, they know that I enjoy really long "deep" messages. So, well, here we go. Every year, only four teams in the entire state of Missouri get to finish their season with a win. Unfortunately, that was not the case for us this year. As my senior season came to an end, there were many things to reflect on. The biggest of which was "what would my life be like if it weren't for Summit Soccer?" The answer to that question is impossible to determine; however, I know that it wouldn't be nearly as great and I wouldn't have any relationships as strong as the one this program has given me.
My freshman year, I didn't want to tryout. My dad practically forced me to. I had nothing to lose. And, what I have come to realize, is that I had everything to gain. Today I put on my uniform for the last-time. I have great comfort in knowing that the last time I ever played goalie, it ended with me fist bumping Lucas Morefield as he came in to finish off a win. It is even more meaningful that the last time I played in a game, the game ended when I scored my first high school goal. The memories made this season, and throughout my high school career, have changed my life forever. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone, it would be to experience a high school sport. And, certainly, don't just play Academy. Now, I would like to personally thank each person that has played a role in the success of the team in my senior season:
Well, this is it. I guess technically rather than you being my "soccer coach" we are both kinda "assistant coaches" to the same team, in a completely different sport. So that'll be a change. But it'll be an easy one. For everyone on this team, but for me in particular, you are so much more than a coach. You're someone that we all look up to and admire everyday, as a father-figure to us all. Even a true friend. Your demeanor, trust, and relationships you build with your players is the reason Summit Soccer is what it is today. Take great pride in what you have built, I truly wish I could've done more to make this last season even more special. You've earned it. The continued trust you've had in me has changed my life forever. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't even know anyone else on this list. And for that, I truly appreciate it. My life will never be the same. And I don't want it to be. Thank you for helping me become the man I am today. I look forward to our continued success together in our future.
On the side-lines, you're the unsung hero. Im not sure if there is an "assistant coach of the year" award for soccer, but if there is, you damn well better win it. The training sessions you run, the motivation you inscribe in us, and most importantly the yoga you lead us through, is single handily the reason this team played so well this year. Assuming all goes well and you take the helm next year, Summit Soccer will remain in great hands. You're an incredible man and an incredible coach. I hope you know that, even tho I can't play anymore, I'll always help the program in anyway I can. It has changed my life forever, I hope to give back in anyway I can. Thank you for being who you are.
Although you didn't know me and were reluctant to make me a captain last year, I think we can both agree that it was a decision that was well-decided. The relationship we've developed and the fun we've had together will never be forgotten. The support you gave me when applying for the Cardinals, and as you were my teacher as I was an employee, made that whole process so much easier and more simple. Believe it or not, I wouldn't of had the job without you. Our talk together after my "failed attempt" really helped motivate me to successfully pee in that cup, and the rest is history. Keep having fun. We all love having you in our lives and on the sideline.
To be honest, I don't know where to start. A simple thank you simply isn't enough. In all honesty, you're my biggest mentor in this entire world. I know I can come to you for advice, when I have questions, or simply with anything. You always have a way to turn a negative into a possible and that's a trait that is incredibly valuable. I cannot express enough gratitude for having you in my life and for the things you've done for me and the advice you've given me. When I eventually graduate, I don't foresee our relationship ending. I look forward to having you as a cherished friend and mentor the rest of my life.
I'm really gonna miss hearing your voice everyday. I used to be completely terrified of you. 100%. But I've come to realize that you're actually a really good guy and an even better Coach. Not just working with the goalies, but everyone. If you were not with Rockwood Summit Soccer, the program wouldn't even have a state championship. What you do to make people better athletes is incredible. Never stop. No matter what difficulties life confronts you with, still coach soccer. The game of soccer would be much depleted without you.
Not many trainers receive accreditation, but you deserve it. Not just with on the field "trainer stuff," but all around you're one of the most valuable people at Summit in general. The relationships you have with the athletes at Summit make everyone so much more comfortable coming to you with problems and injuries, our sports teams really appreciate It. For the sake of Summit, I really hope you stick around for a while. I really enjoy all of our chats 7th hour, and I don't think those will stop anytime soon. I'm still kinda upset you don't follow me on twitter, but that's okay. Never change. You make the entire Summit community so much better.
Oh man. This is a tough one for me. Lucas, you have been the best teammate that someone could ever ask for. I know I've never had the skill you've had. I've never been able to do things to make you better (such as hit vollies, lol). But that didn't matter to you. You pushed me. Through this season, you've become someone than I'm incredibly proud to call a true friend. I'll never forget all the laughs we had practice, and even before games. It truly means a lot. A lot of people treat their backups poorly. Show superiority. But you didn't. And I can't even begin to show much how I appreciate that. You're an incredible keeper, and an ever more incredible teammate. I'll never forget these memories, I look forward to watching you lead this team to another ring next season. Stay incredible. I love you man. #BestCombo
When we played freshman baseball together, I was way too afraid to even talk to you. But today, i consider you a great friend -we even have a Snapchat streak! This season you demonstrated great leadership, while still having a hell of a lot of fun. I wish you best of luck at IUPUI, I know you'll do even more great things there. It's been an honor to watch you play these past four years, you truly are the unsung hero of this team.
Buddy. First of all, it's not too late to pursue what/who makes you happy(you know what I mean). Haha. Secondly, when I first heard a kid from Fox was transferring to Summit, I kinda vomited in my mouth. Talking to my teammates from JV last year, we all kinda thought we would hate you. But, to our surprise, you're actually a nice guy. Over the past few months we have developed a relationship that I'll never forget. As you continue your high school career, please always remember that there will always be someone there for you when you're down. There's no reason to have to take on a difficult situation alone, so many people truly do care about you - including me. I'm so glad we have the friendship that we have today, but I'm sorry you're going to have to find a new "pal" to drive you around next year.
Well, it's been a journey that's for sure. We played freshman soccer together. And just a short time ago, we stood beside each other on senior night. Talk about a journey. The memories we've made as a player at Summit, we share them. And I'm really glad we were captains together last year. We got some pretty cool stuff accomplished and now I'm glad to call you one of my best friends. I really look forward to continuing our friendship in college, as potential roommates, I truly think our journey together has just begun.
We played freshman soccer and freshman baseball together. then we took a few years off and became teammates again. So that's unique, right? It's been fun man. I still want credit on the assist from your banger against Fox.
Without your leadership, this team would not have had such a successful record. The way you pushed everyone at practice, and in games, was incredible. I've learned a lot from you, whether you know it or not, on how to be a leader. I hope to use these skills to help others in the future. So, in essence, you've changed my life, and many others. It's been a blessing playing with you this year. You're pretty fast. I kinda wanna race you again, last time was fairly close. Go get yourself another ring in track this year buddy. Keep making Summit proud.
I know you've got a big brother in Matthew on the team, but I look at you as a younger brother to me too. The relationship we've come to grow is amazing and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Although at first you didn't really like me, I'm beyond proud to call you one of my best friends. You're an amazing friend to me and it means so much to have you in my life and to have played with you these past two years. Your work ethic is second to none and will be rewarded with guaranteed success in your future. Sadly we didn't end up making a company together, we would probably already be millionaires with your brilliant ideas. Unfortunately, I will be in college next year, so it'll be hard for me to "help you" with your essays. But I hope me going away doesn't end our friendship, I'll always have much comfort in knowing I have you to count on as a friend. I'm still kinda mad that you never host, but maybe some day. I love you man. I hope you know that I'll always be there for you with anything.
Sexy Monty. I still have no idea where that came from, but it couldn't be any more accurate. Although I can't comment on your looks (), your personality sure is quite sexy. These past two years I've really appreciated the relationship we've grown, you're someone I know that I can always come to for advice, or life tips. I hope we can continue to grow our friendship in the future, you continue to make me a better person everyday.
You amaze me. In some unspeakable ways, as well as with the way you chew. Just kinda awkward bro. But hey, we have some great memories over the years. I'm really glad to be able to call you a friend. Always remember that you can call me at anytime, about anything. I'll always be there. Keep on being you, and please start over Celestine this year in basketball. I'm announcing all of your games for KFTN and he really pisses me off haha.
Now this one is kinda cheesy, but that's okay. In the district semi-finals, you did something that I'll remember for the rest of my life. You had a beautiful assist (to my right foot, which billy isn't good enough to do) and I scored my first high school goal. I will cherish that memory forever. Even more than that, you're a hell of a person. I was really scared of you in LA last year, but now I just look up to you for the things you do... and who you do them with. I look forward to our potential future endeavors.
Although the things you say and do piss me off a lot, I'm really really proud of you. You came up and played incredibly well for us this year. You're an incredible athlete and I look forward to hearing of your successes on the pitch next season. Although I think you're a terrible Captain, mark my words. You'll be the MVP of varsity next year. You've got the talent. And you've gotta keep the confidence. A single play doesn't determine the success of anyone. Not even Billy. These last few months I've really enjoyed becoming better and better friends with you. Believe it or not, you're practically one of my best friends and I really cherish having you as a part in my life. Although I know you hate me, just know that I love you man. I'll always be there if you need advice, help, or even a ride. I've got your back. Please never forget that. Keep on doing what you do. You'll do great things.
Our friendship is really funny. It is unbelievably bi-polar. But, at the end of the day, I know that we both take comfort knowing that we have eachother in our lives. In reality, we don't really have anything in common. To be honest, I just realized that. But that's irrelevant. Cuz you're one of my best friends and I know that you will be for the rest of my life. Stay on the same path you're on right now, and you'll find success in your future. I love you man (atleast today I do haha).
Haha. Sorry, just thinking of you I laugh a little. We have some pretty awesome memories together. The best of which was last year when we put together that TV stand in your basement. I'm not sure why, but that day was a really good day and I think I'll always remember it. You're a great friend and I have faith that Rob will look after you in the future and keep you safe haha. I'll miss our post-game face times and your Afro everyday at practice. But at the end, I think we will always have a close bond. I hope that never changes.
You're a sophomore but you still kinda intimidate me. So good job, I guess? Unfortunately I don't know you too well as a person, but I do know you're a hell of a soccer player. Keep that up next year. Go get another ring. It's been a blast playing with you this year.
Beats! The memories we have together are second to no one on this list. These past three years, you've been the one constant in my life. The one teammate. But, most importantly, the one person I always knew to talk to. The one person who returned the favor, lol you came to me for advice too. So that's pretty cool. I know soccer is over, but I also know that won't change our friendship. You're an incredible person and you're someone that everyone should look up to. Just keep smiling and laughing away, your happiness is contagious.
The model child right here. Even tho you're practically perfect, and I'm no where near it, you still always accepted me and withheld my trust and our friendship. I feel comfort when I come to you with advice or when I have problems to discuss with someone. You're an amazing kid. Truly, the model child. If my son (wishful thinking) grows up to even half the kid you are, I will be a proud father. Never change who you are, Robert. You're amazing. Stay that way. I love you man. Oh, and, please keep Blake out of trouble.
Outside of being a pretty-good soccer player, you're a pretty-good guy too. Not really sure why a striker like you would want to be friends with a goalie like me, but I'm glad you're okay with it. You're a great dude and every time I see a snap for Billy Hency I get a little bit excited. Thanks for giving me excitement, on and off the field. I'm really glad to call you a friend, I'm looking forward to when we can party together next.
You make me mad a lot. But it usually has to do with soccer. And, believe It or not, we won't be teammates again. So that's a really sad feeling. But it also means we can be good friends again... I think? Not really sure how all that works. But your parents like me, so that's cool. Anyway, watching you grow as a player is amazing. Last year, you were MVP on JV (although I voted for David, oops) and this year you were called up and started for us on a playoff run. Your heart should be full of nothing but pride. Keep it up man. You've got big things to come.
Believe it or not, I really really appreciate your help this year. As the batboy, I missed a lot of time at the begging of the season. It brought me much comfort knowing that you were there, alongside Lucas, when I wasn't. I can only imagine how taxing that was on you, and I apologize that you had to go through the up-and-down process with JV and varsity. But I really do appreciate it. We had some good seasons these past three years, we really rose together up the totum-pole together as goalies. It's been a fun ride.
I think I had more yellows than you this year. Last year you had how many? 10? That's impressive. So I'm proud to have around as many as you this year. I know that you'll be like your big bro and have a big role in another state championship run the future, and I look forward to seeing it. I have a challenge for you this year: push yourself. Work with andrew everyday and work to improve. You have so much potential. Tap into it next season.
Dr. Drey! I used to think you were kinda weird when you had your Mohawk. But that's probably cuz I knew I pulled off a Mohawk better. Anyways, you're a great kid. A model citizen, you always do the right thing. That's very honorable. As a soccer player, you're a "ball winning beast" as Gilbs would say. I had fun being your co-captain for like 3 weeks last year. Sorry for demanding so much power. I think we have some big things in store for DECA this year. Once we have success, I expect you to run for president next year. It'll be really fun. I'm still kinda waiting for you to convince me to play volleyball. Seems like it'd be fun. If you ever need anything or have any questions, please remember that I'll always be there for you. Always.
Every single person on this team, and in this program, is incredible. Rockwood Summit Soccer is much much more than a soccer program. To all the teammates and coaches that have helped me along the way in this program, I thank you sincerely.
Jake Wesley, a high school student that is strongly opinionated in the world of sports and politics