Montreat, NC - The Montreat Men's Soccer program signed another recruit this week when Nicholas Horton from Troutman, North Carolina committed to the program for the 2012 season.
Nicholas has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old, mostly at the striker position. He's fast, crafty and has a knack for scoring goals. For his high school team, Southview Christian, Nicholas has collected a variety of awards: In 2009 he earned the Iredell County Athlete of the Week award, he made the All-Conference team for the past 5 years, made All-State the past 4 years, earned his high school's offensive award for the past 4 years, scored over 170 goals during his high school career, and his high school retired his jersey this year to honor his achievements.
In 2010, Nicholas' team were Conference Champions. In 2011, Horton's team won the NCCAA (AA) State Championship. Nicholas scored the only 2 goals in the final match.
Horton decided to come to Montreat College based on a variety of influences: First and most importantly, he felt like Montreat College was where God was wanting him to go. But also, Nicholas was very impressed with Coach Dasher and what the soccer program has accomplished. He's excited about joining a winning program and also developing spiritually while at Montreat. Nick was also excited that Montreat had his major and was also a smaller school, so that he could have a bigger influence and could contribute more. And finally, the mountains and the beautiful setting of the college was a huge draw, as well as being in his home state of North Carolina.
For the summer, Nicholas will be going to Peru. This will be third visit to the country. He's been there two times before with his youth group, but this time he's going by himself and will be working with a church and school with some missionaries doing sports ministry, using soccer has his medium to reach the locals.
The Men's Soccer program is very excited to have Nicholas join us for the 2012 season. He will no doubt have a big impact on the team both athletically and spiritually.