Athlete of the Week Oct. 29: Seir Khan

Athlete of the Week Oct. 29: Seir Khan

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Athlete of the Week Oct. 29: Seir Khan

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Seir Khan

Senior * Mount Pleasant * boys soccer

THE WEEK: Had two goals and an assist in the Green Knights’ 5-2 victory over Christiana last Tuesday. “We needed it so it was good,” Khan said about the win. The senior captain said he was happy with the outcome of the game because Mount Pleasant lost to Christiana last year, but he still thinks there’s room for improvement.

THE COACH SAYS: “Seir Khan has been a wonderful asset to our team this year,” said head coach Scott Smith. “Technically he’s a sound player … with the ball at his feet, dribbling, passing and shooting. … He has four of our game-winners.”

THE SEASON: The Green Knights (7-4-1) close out the regular season this week with three games in three days, beginning with today’s 3:30 contest at Wilmington Friends. “We played against really good teams this year, and we held our ground,” Khan said. Mount Pleasant is inching closer to a winning season, which would be its first since 1988. “This year is a great year. You know we’re making history, and I’m really happy to be a part of it,” said Khan, who anticipates that his team will make the playoffs.

THE GROWTH: “I used to be more of a striker-minded soccer player,” Khan said. “On this team I have more of the responsibility of being the wheel, playing in the center of the field, so it’s something that I take pride in. I really strive to do really well in that position, and I’m really happy that it’s working out.”

THE GOAL: Khan has nine goals this season. The senior revisited the opening game for the most memorable tally. “The first goal I scored was a left-footed 30 yards out against, Newark so I was pretty excited about that,” said the midfielder. “It was just a finesse shot.”

THE BEGINNING: Khan began playing soccer at 4 years old.His mother strategically got him involved in the sport. “My mom put me in soccer just because I had too much energy, so it was just a sport that … you ran the most, so that got all my energy out,” he said.

THE CLASSROOM: Besides being a standout soccer player, Khan also excels in academics. He is a member of the International Baccalaureate Program. Khan admitted that the workload is tough, but it’s worth it when getting into college. “It’s a little bit more intense because it entails all of your core classes plus more,” he said about the program. “We need 150 volunteer hours to graduate with our diploma, and also we need to finish an extended essay and personal project.”

THE FUTURE: Khan hopes to enter the University of Delaware honors program. He wants to major in French, Spanish, German and sports management. He would like to continue playing soccer on the club team, along with other sports such as Frisbee, golf and tennis.

– Gianna Banner

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