Shane Zimmer’s senior season for Eaton Rapids’ boys soccer team was virtually non-existent. Zimmer sustained a season-ending knee injury just minutes into the first game of the year, ending a stellar varsity career too soon.
But Zimmer was able to punctuate that career by playing in the second annual Boys Soccer Senior All-Star Game at Williamston High School on June 20. Zimmer started the game, and showed by his play that he belonged, according to his coach in the game, Haslett’s Alex Hayner.
While every player in the game had some level of conditioning issues, after an eight-month layoff since the end of the fall season, Zimmer was at even more of a disadvantage, not having played or practiced in that fall season.
But he had some help in that regard.
“My mom’s a physical therapist,” Zimmer said. “She worked me back in, and a did a lot on my own because I knew that I had to get back in shape.”
The game brought together the best senior players from the area, most of whom have spent the past four years playing against each other. Zimmer said that playing on the same team with them was fun.
It also provided some closure to a career at Eaton Rapids that was in dire need of a better ending.
“It was awesome,” Zimmer said. “Getting back out on the field and getting at it was amazing. It was probably the best feeling I’ve ever had.”