Shea to play soccer at USM
Ryan Shea doesn't consider it to be that big of a deal that he signed a letter of intent last month to play college soccer at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth.
The Lansing High senior is just surprised he is the only one from the Lions' seven-member boys' soccer senior class planning to play at the next level. After all, he noted, his class was loaded with talented players.
"I never felt like I was the best of the seven," Shea said. "Especially with Chris Hancock and Joey Sebes in that group. I have a little melancholy feeling because I'm not going to be playing with the other six guys anymore. It's just me now, so I'm going to have to find another group of guys to kick the ball around with in the summer."
Shea said he wasn't too worried about fitting in with his new team, though. After all, there are a few former LHS players on the Spires' roster, including USM freshman goalkeeper Landon Saunders. Shea wasn't concerned with playing time, either. He said he's just excited to have the opportunity to continue playing for a few more years.
"The coach talked to me before I even signed and he said 'I'll let you play, but I'm not promising you a lot of playing time,'" Shea said. "He said, 'I'm going to try to develop you, and hopefully within a couple years or maybe toward the end of your first year you'll see a substantial amount of playing time.'"
Shea said he planned to major in graphic art at USM and was still deciding if he wanted to have a minor. The appealing factor academically, he said, was St. Mary's small art program that allows for more personal attention. He said that would help build his portfolio as he prepared for his future.
Shea said he wasn't too worried about building his soccer portfolio to match that of his older brother Tim, who was one of the top goal-scorers this year at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
"I'll be playing as an outside right midfielder so I'm not going to be a glory boy," Ryan Shea said. "The one thing I'd like to do, though, is maybe make as many assists as he had goals. That's as far as the pressure goes there."