Senior * Caesar Rodney * boys soccer
THE WEEK: Had four goals and an assist in a 6-4 victory over Glasgow last Tuesday, then scored four more goals in a 7-2 win over Dover on Thursday.
THE COACH SAYS: The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Ikwuagwu is much larger than most opponents, and he uses that to his advantage. “I think he looks like a college player in a high school setting,” Riders coach Darrell Gravatt said. “He’s very strong. If he’s been knocked off the ball, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. Once he gets the ball, it’s hard to get it from him because he’s just so strong. He can hold that ball a long time, turn and get a shot off.”
THE BACKGROUND: Ikwuagwu’s parents moved to the United States from Nigeria before he was born. He credits his father, Vincent, for his soccer skills. “My dad, he played soccer for a long time,” Ikwuagwu said. “He came from Nigeria, he knows how soccer is. He teaches me, gives me little things.”
THE SPEED: “My main strength is basically my speed. That’s what people tell me,” Ikwuagwu said. “I like to use my body more to shield off players, but speed is what kills. … That’s what I use.”
THE ALL-AROUND GAME: Ikwuagwu is a four-year starter for the Riders and has 25 goals and four assists for a 10-1 team this season. “Super speed, super athletic ability,” Gravatt said. “Combine that with excellent skill, and he’s going to be a hard guy to stop, a very dangerous player. He has always been that for us.”
THE FUTURE: Ikwuagwu wants to continue his soccer career in college but said, “I haven’t committed yet. I’m still keeping my options open.” He said West Chester, Maryland-Baltimore County, Old Dominion and New Jersey Institute of Technology have shown the most recruiting interest so far.
— Brad Myers