Soldotna striker Blaine Carver has proven to be one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of Seattle Pacific University.
But now he’s got a new goal – being a good captain. The 5-foot-10 senior was named one of two captains for the NCAA D2 Falcons.
“I’m honored to be a big part of the leadership of the team,” he told me.
Carver, of Soldotna High fame, has amassed career 18-4—40 totals, making him one of the most successful Alaska soccer players ever.
His 18 career goals rank him eighth on the all-time Seattle Pacific list and his seven game-winning goals ranks him 15th in GNAC history. He also ranks ninth in conference history with a .191 scoring percentage [18 for 94].
“Really trying to soak up everything in these last few months of soccer, trying to not take anything for granted,” Carver said.
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.