Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 2, 2014

Marsh, Walker staying home

Raider duo signs with KCU soccer

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

April 2, 2014 — East Carter senior soccer players Seth Marsh and Ryan Walker get to be teammates for a few more years.

Both of them are staying close to home as they signed their letters of intent to play soccer at Kentucky Christian University.

Marsh and Walker are very excited about the chance to play the sport they love in college.

“Growing up, I’ve always wanted to do something other than play high school soccer,” Walker said. “I’ve worked hard to help take my talents to the next level. Getting a chance to do that at KCU and staying close to home so my family can watch me play is exciting.”

“I’m happy that KCU is giving me the opportunity to extend my soccer career,” Marsh said. “Playing at East Carter and under coach (Billy) Kemper really helped me to develop my skills to even have a chance to play at college.”

Walker finished his final season as a Raider with 29 goals and 13 assists. Marsh echoed his stats with 21 goals and nine assists. They helped East Carter go 11-3-4 this season, winning the 62nd District Championship and earning a spot in the 16th Region semifinals.

Their efforts caught the eye of KCU soccer coach Jeremy Miller.

“We’re always looking for that local talent to stay close,” Miller said. “We really enjoyed watching these two play high school soccer and we’re really excited to have them join the team.”

The Raider tandem know the transition from high school to college is difficult but both hope to be able to contribute immediately.

“I hope so,” Walker said. “It doesn’t matter where they put me out on that field. I just want to do everything I can to help the program win.”

“I think I bring a lot of speed to the team and I can also play very physical,” Marsh said. “I feel like I can help out the program and help them move forward.”

Both also echoed the idea of being able to play on the same team as a contributing factor in signing with their home school.

“Playing four years together, we know where each other is on the field at all times and know how the other plays so we’re both excited to stay on the same team for four more years,” Marsh said.

“It’s going be more comfortable,” Walker said. “We’ve spent a lot of years together playing soccer and having a teammate like Seth joining me at KCU was just the right fit.”

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.