For Jake Koenig it all started when a friend’s dad convinced him to start playing soccer.
“It was all up-hill from there,” Koenig joked.
To be fair, there is a good amount of truth to Koenig’s remark. Ten years of experience and hard work has more than proven itself in the start of the 2015-16 season. In just their first three games, the senior scoring machine has been responsible for six of the Panther’s thirteen goals. This includes a season opening hat-trick against Freeburg, two goals against Marion, and the game winning goal in the championship match of the Metro Cup against Springfield High.
“Jake is a great player,” said Coach Turkington. “He played great all tournament and this type of standout performance isn’t unusual for him.”
The stand out midfielder, son of Kim and Mike Koenig, was also recently announced to be potentially earning a roster spot in the High School All-American Game in North Carolina. Koenig will find out if he makes the roster in October.
Not only does the attacker score goals for his team, but he also does his best to take on a leadership role. As a varsity player since his freshman year, he reflects on the senior leadership that helped him grow into a better player.
“When I was a freshman there was an upperclassman, Collin Holton, who did a lot to make sure the younger players felt included and welcomed. He helped us out and was a good role model for the team,” Koenig said. “I try to mimic his leadership style on the field now.”
Koenig is prepped to have an outstanding final year in a Panther jersey. Only having played in three games so far, he is confident the team will progress forward.
“We are getting more familiar with each other as a team. We have started to find a good rhythm and everything is clicking,” said Koenig. “Our play is going to increase from here.”
Off the field Jake puts in equal effort in the classroom. A National Honor Society Member and a Scholar Athlete, there is no slowing Koenig down.
Koenig will be attending Truman State University next Fall where he will continue to play soccer, and study business.