On this first Wednesday in June we bring you another Senior Spotlight. Today it shines on boy’s soccer player Nick Patel, who will be attending Temple University in the fall to major in Biology. Here is our conversation.
Most memorable moment from athletic career at CHS? Scoring the game winning goal for the the South Jersey Sectional Championship at CHS during my senior year.
Favorite class at CHS? Modern World History with Mr. Campbell freshman year was a good time because he was very laid back and made history interesting to me just by the creative ways he taught it.
Favorite post-game snack or meal? I’ll eat the first food that comes into my sight because I am always starving after games.
Favorite movie? The Harry Potter series because I like magic.
Will you be playing soccer, or any other sport, in college? I will decide if I will be continuing my soccer career in college after the pre-season at Temple.
What are you most looking forward to about college? I am looking forward to getting close to new people and making a lot of new friends, learning things I want to learn about, and making the most of my four years through unforgettable experiences.
Who has been your biggest supporter during your athletic career? My dad and my mom have been the biggest supporters in my athletic career. They always take time out of their busy schedule to take me to tournaments in other states and never stop pushing me to go above and beyond. I am truly grateful for all that they have done for me and will continue to do for me.
How did you first get interested in soccer? I started out playing soccer on a team that was coached by my dad when I was 3. It was the first sport I was introduced to. I used to play baseball and basketball too, but I was best at soccer so I’ve stuck with it since then.
Will you be playing in any summer leagues or for a club team? If so, what do you look to work on the most? I will be playing on a club soccer team over the summer to help me stay in shape and get me prepared for my pre-season at Temple. I plan to work on improving everything and really stepping up my game for college.
What are your thoughts on your deep playoff run and success this past fall? I really enjoyed playing with the team this year because of how strong our team chemistry was. The majority of the players have been playing soccer together for the the past 11 years with me, so we all had the skill to possess the ball and really play soccer how it’s suppose to be played. I believe that this chemistry helped a lot with our success this past fall to get to the state championship. It was a great feeling to make it to states with the team this year and even though even though we didn’t have success, it was an unforgettable experience.
What will you miss most about CHS? I will miss the support that all the students at the high school showed at all the soccer games. They made the season even more interesting, memorable, and enjoyable.
Image courtesy of Nick Patel