Always the team player

SACO – Soccer has always been a part of senior, Eric McCallum’s life. He made the varsity team as a sophomore and by the time his junior year rolled around, he was starting every game. As a senior, he was named a co-captain of the team and playing nearly every minute.

 

“Whether I’m at home, or sitting in class, my team and the game is always on my mind,” McCallum said.

 

During McCallum’s junior year he had a moment that most players only dream of. One of the playoff games ended in a 0-0 tie and the team was told the winner would be determined by penalty kicks. Eric was one of the five players picked to take a shot. He stepped up to the PK line knowing that if he scored, the team would move on to the next round.  Without hesitation, he buried the ball into the right-hand side of the net. The team, his coaches, and the fans erupted in celebration.

 

In the middle of his senior year, his soccer career changed. Most of his life, McCallum played as a central midfielder, but after four or five games, Coach Carlson approached him and asked him to move and play as a forward. Without hesitation, McCallum agreed – the team always comes first.

 

 

“I knew that once I moved from the center of the field, I might not achieve all of my personal goals for the season. That didn’t matter. I realized after last year that the team mattered more than any of my individual hopes.”