During preseason practice, Franklin County High School soccer coach David Rice asked his players for a list of goals they wanted to reach for the season. While some appeared modest, Rice noticed one player's list in particular that may have been a bit too extreme.
The list belonged to senior striker Kurt Jewell. And so far this season he's right on target to reach his lofty expectations.
Jewell wanted to improve upon his numbers from last season and score at least 23 goals and record 13 assists. On top of that he wants to be an all-state performer.
This season he has tallied 19 goals and five assists with at least three games remaining. He said he expects to not only meet his goals, but exceed them as well.
"I don't want to sound (cocky), but I don't see any reason why I can't get it," he said.
His coach didn't share the same sentiments at the beginning of the season, but quickly changed his tune after Jewell scored seven goals in the first five games.
"I told him I thought he was setting them too high," Rice said. "But it didn't take me long to realize he wasn't."
It's that same mix of moxie and attitude Jewell carries himself with on the field to outplay his opponents.
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