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Male Football Player of the Year: Dynamic Chase Kennedy of Fort Dorchester on the pitch | Preparatory Sports Awards

One way or another, Chase Kennedy has been involved in most of Fort Dorchester’s goals this season.

A four-year starter for the Patriots soccer team, Kennedy has scored or assisted on 80% of the Patriots’ goals this season. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as he was recently named one of 18 players selected for South Carolina’s 2022 Clash of the Carolinas Men’s All-Star Team which will face an all-star squad from North Carolina. June 25 in Cary. , North Carolina.

“This year we’ve really put him in a position where he can be the focal point and leverage his skills for offense,” said Fort Dorchester coach Neil Veloso. “We wanted to take advantage of his ability to make things happen. He can score but he is also a very dangerous passer. He’s one of the best passers Fort Dorchester has ever had.

Kennedy scored his share of goals in his first three seasons with the team, but was widely sought after for other roles.

“One of the things that makes him a special talent is that he’s a versatile player,” Veloso said. “He really played at a high level in every position on the pitch, so over the years we kind of decided where to play him depending on who our opponent is and the situation in a game. He did well managed that and it brings us an ability to facilitate anywhere on the pitch.

As a team captain, he won honors from all regions for several seasons. Next fall he will play for Presbyterian College.

Kennedy has also been a kicker and punter for the Patriots football team for the past three seasons. Hitting a ball with a 200+ pound rusher charging at you requires a different mentality and skill set than in football, but coaches say Kennedy handled the situation well.

“It took a long time,” Veloso said. “He plays for a travel team in the fall but I asked him to come for the football because we needed kickers. He got on with it and did a good job balancing that, the football and his school work. The last three falls, he would go to travel training after soccer practice. After soccer games, he traveled for soccer games. That’s a lot to ask of a student-athlete, but he succeeded.