West Virginia’s 2017 AAA school Player of the Year is senior Samuel Pierson. He was delighted and shocked to hear that he had been selected for this award. To win the award, the coaches have meetings and vote on all-state and player of the year, as well as a few other categories.
“I was really happy and surprised. It was truly shocking,” said Pierson.
Pierson has been playing soccer for 11 years now, following in his uncle and brother’s footsteps. He works out with his dad and runs outside of practice to keep in shape, as well as running track in the spring. He scored 43 goals and had 9 assists in the 2017 season. In his overall high school soccer career, he has scored a total of 93 goals. Pierson scored in almost every game this year.
Outside of high school soccer, Pierson also participates in a travel team. They go on weekend-long tournaments all over the state, as well as outside of West Virginia. This team keeps him in shape, as well as gives him the opportunity to make new friends and play with several of his team members from years before.
“I like soccer, it’s fun to play but it can get tiring,” he says. “Especially when going on three day tournaments and play several different games with different teams.”
It is undecided whether or not he will continue his soccer career in college.