Prep athlete spotlight: Chiles’ Logan Henry

Prep athlete spotlight: Chiles’ Logan Henry

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Prep athlete spotlight: Chiles’ Logan Henry

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Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend.

Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend.

Chiles senior Logan Henry is one of two returning starters from last year’s state championship team. He was a first-team All-Big Bend goal keeper after finishing with a 0.60 goals against average and recording 17 shutouts during the course of 29 wins.

He recorded four shutouts in the final six games, including in Chiles’ state semifinals and finals victories. He chatted with us before a district game against Gainesville to discuss the many differences he’ll experience this season.

Question: Having lost 14 seniors from last year, how do you approach this season now that you’re that senior?

Answer: “It’s just me and Bailey (Knapp), the other captain. We’ve got to step it up and focus. We have the same drive and focus as last season. We have multiple juniors and sophomores. You just have to rally them up every morning when we practice. You’ve got to play hard. I’m in goal during games, but in the field Bailey really sets the limit and we don’t really want a max. He tries to get everyone hyped up. It’s just a different year.”

The Chiles boys soccer team went 29-3 and won a 3A state title, while also ending the season ranked No. 7 in the entire nation. The Timberwolves lost 14 seniors off that team and return just two starters for this year’s team.

The Chiles boys soccer team went 29-3 and won a 3A state title, while also ending the season ranked No. 7 in the entire nation. The Timberwolves lost 14 seniors off that team and return just two starters for this year’s team.

Q: When you look back now on all that last year’s group accomplished— the 4A state title, going 29-3, being ranked Top 10 nationally— is it even more special now in retrospect?

A: “It came together for sure. It was really special. We’re going to try to repeat. But, yeah, you can’t ever forget it. It’s a memory I’ll always have, a great group of guys. Ian (Hildebrandt), Jimmy (Gillard), Corey (Osgood), they still come to practice even though they’ve graduated because they want to make us better.”

Q: Losing your entire back line creates more unknowns for you as a keeper, whether that’s “Do I come out? Do I stay back? Where do I set my line?” Do you find yourself in that mode early in the season, perhaps seeing how spoiled you were last year?

A: “For sure. We could have fielded an entire senior team last year, even a senior goalie. We definitely have some work to do in the back, but we all have to get better as a team.”

Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend. He is one of two returning starters from the Timberwolves’ state title team.

Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend. He is one of two returning starters from the Timberwolves’ state title team.

Q: Does that require patience on your part then to let them grow into their positions and not compare them to last year?

A: “I wasn’t expecting anything, but I know we can get there at some point. Yeah, it requires patience, but it doesn’t matter until the playoffs, the final 80 minutes. Everything now is building up towards that. That’s what I’m looking forward to now.”

Q: As the veteran, are you demanding more of yourself this year— basically being self-reliant to save a goal in a pressure situation?

A: “This year I have to be more commanding because the defenders are fresh and two of them are sophomores. The fact that they’re nervous— I was a junior last year and nervous for my first 10 games starting— sometimes it’s obvious, but you’ve just got to help them out and that requires a lot of talking. And when it comes time to make a save, I hold myself responsible. I’ve got to meet the need.”

Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry (yellow jersey) had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend.

Chiles senior goalie Logan Henry (yellow jersey) had 17 shutouts in 29 wins last year with a 0.60 goals against average to be named first team All-Big Bend.

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