Blazing a new trail

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LOUIE TATE, right, of Millennium signs his national letter of intent Feb. 28 alongside Ottawa University soccer coach Matt Gow. Tate will be part of the first soccer team in the history of Ottawa’s Surprise campus. Photo submitted by Robert Tate
LOUIE TATE, right, of Millennium signs his national letter of intent Feb. 28 alongside Ottawa University soccer coach Matt Gow. Tate will be part of the first soccer team in the history of Ottawa’s Surprise campus. Photo submitted by Robert Tate

Millennium soccer player signs with Ottawa's new program

A Millennium boys soccer player has signed on to play this fall for the newly established Ottawa University athletic program in Surprise.

Senior Louie Tate, a three-year letterman for the Tigers, will be a part of the first men's soccer team in Ottawa University's history. The school recently announced a new residential campus with athletic teams competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Tate said being a trailblazer was a big factor in making his decision.

I wanted to try a new program,” he said. “I want to see how it is to be the first kind of player to start up from the bottom.”

Tate said he expects to play between his two natural positions for the Spirit: midfield and forward.

I think it'll be fluid between the two,” he said. “[I'll play] wherever they put me in.”

The recruiting process went smoothly, despite there not being an on-field product to observe, Tate said.

It was very easy for me,” he said of the process. “We just knew what to do already.”

Tate said he’s set the bar high for himself for the next four years.

I'm going to try to be the best player on the team,” he said. “I'm going to try to get better, try to establish myself as a leader and do well with my school work, too.”

Tate plans to study exercise science at Ottawa.

I think I'm going to start off as a physical therapist assistant, and if I like that, I'll become a physical therapist,” he said.

Tate ultimately decided on Ottawa after considering offers from colleges in Kansas and Minnesota, he said, adding that the school’s proximity to home was a factor in his signing.

Tate said he felt the Ottawa opportunity came to fruition because of his exposure playing for Sereno Soccer Club.

It was good playing with club, because I think it got the [Ottawa] coach [more chances] to look at me,” he said.

Ottawa will begin training this summer, Tate said.

I'm very excited to get started,” he said.

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

 



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