Discovering a passion at a young age creates wonderful opportunities, as it gives a person the chance to cultivate their skills. This proved to be the case for junior Jonathan Adams. Adams is a forward for this year’s men’s soccer team. He began playing soccer when he was 3 years old as a part of a YMCA program and has been playing ever since. When it came time to pursue a degree, Adams knew that he wanted to play collegiate soccer; however, no university or college seemed to fit his requirements. Greenville, however, was different

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Adams was recruited by head coach Christopher Swift.

“Coach found me and called me all the way from California,”
menssoccerAdams said as he recalled that fateful day. It is this type of pursuit that illustrates the dedication of the coaches of the men’s team. Goalkeeper and sophomore Jonathan Bremer also discussed the close working relationship that he has with assistant coach Micah Collins. For Bremer, Collins serves as a “voice of reason,” offering positive criticism. It is from Collins that Bremer learned “Not every goal is savable.”>

Adams also talked about the butterflies in his stomach before each game, and how he grounds himself with the athlete’s prayer so that he can remain focused during the course of the game. “Excitement” is the word he’d use to describe game days. When asked what he loves about the sport, and what made it so exciting, he spoke without hesitation: “The free[ness] of play.” For Adams, the game is always changing, giving rise to “creative movement.” Some of those creative movements include one of his favorite actions, “dribbling past [players], on the outside, [and] at full stride,” and one of his favorite moments the last few minutes of the game, “When everyone is tired and you can see who people really are.”

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It is in the last moments, with fans cheering, players giving their all, and coaches pushing their athletes, that anyone can see just who Greenville’s men’s soccer team is. When asked to sum up their purpose in one sentence, Chris Swift said,

“The goal every time [we play] is to perform to the best of our ability in a way that is glorifying to God, honors each individual and [the] program, and represents the institution.”

by Gina Sanders

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