Defender leads from behind

Cooper Woest, Staff Writer

After a stellar freshman season, sophomore defender Colson Felt looks to continue his success on the JV soccer team. At the beginning of his sophomore season, Felt was chosen to be one of the team’s starting defenders. With three goals and several assists, Felt has excelled at a position where scoring is very rare. Felt credits part of his growth as a player to older players who mentored him.

“Last year, I learned from older players and this year I’ve used what they taught me from last year to help my game grow,” Felt said.

Felt’s drive and determination has caught the attention of head coach Daniel LaHatte.

“Colson is a diligent worker. Every day, whether it is for a practice or game, Colson is prepared to put himself and his teammates in a positive position,” said LaHatte.

Felt believes that a positive attitude is important in order to win games.

“Say someone scores a goal, it’s like a chain reaction to help other people start scoring,” he said. “If we lose, we don’t get down on ourselves or all sad and don’t move on, we learn from it and whatever we did wrong in that game.”

The team is currently 10-1-1 and 5-1 in their conference. They look to become better by continuing to work in practice.

“In practice you got to play like a game, so we set up the drills like we would in a game situation and then from there we learn what we should do in that situation, so we know what to do in a game,” Felt said.

Besides polishing their skills in practice, Felt and the team finds it easier to win with their team chemistry.

“I have a lot of friends from school and I’ve grown my relationships with them and that’s helped our chemistry a little bit,” said Felt. “Coach LaHatte is also a very good coach and he’s helped us grow over the years.”