Taking advantage of a situation has helped Zac Howell land a college soccer role.
Howell, a Borgia graduate, signed to play at Missouri Baptist University this season.
“I’ve got a friend at Pacific and his dad played with the assistant coach at Missouri Baptist,” Howell said. “The coach actually came out to watch my friend play. After the game, he came up to talk to me and found out I was uncommitted, so he asked me to come out and play a game with them. I did and I signed the very same day.”
Howell is hoping to play center back with the Spartans.
“I’m thinking of playing center back,” Howell said. “That’s where I’ve been playing at Borgia for the past four years. I’m looking forward to transitioning to playing with new people.”
Howell said being able to play soccer in college has been a dream.
“This made my college decision a lot easier,” Howell said. “I get to play soccer in college. It’s the point of playing through high school is getting to college.”
At Missouri Baptist, Howell hopes to study biology with a track into pre-med.
Howell enjoyed his time with the Knights, especially the district championship the team won in 2012.
“I think it was because 10-11 of the guys have been playing together since sixth grade,” said Howell. “We had the connection of knowing how to play with each other. It was that leading up to the season which made it special.”
Borgia’s rivalry with St. Dominic holds a special spot in Howell’s memory.
“My favorite memory was beating St. Dominic 1-0 in overtime at St. Dominic my senior year,” he said. “They went on to win the state title, so it was pretty cool to say we beat the state champions on their own field in overtime.”