American Christian's Brooks to play soccer at Union
Sun. May 12, 2013 at 10:11 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
TUSCALOOSA | Phillips Brooks decided to continue a family tradition when it came to his college choice.
Brooks, a senior striker who led American Christian Academy to the second round of the AHSAA Class 1A-4A playoffs, recently signed to play soccer at Union University. He said his brothers, Joshua and Stephen, attended Union, an NCAA Division II school in Jackson, Tenn.
"It felt great," Brooks said. "It’s the start of a new day, a new era. I can’t wait.
"When I was 10, my oldest brother (Joshua) went and started his freshman year there, and we got to go watch a soccer game. I decided that one day I wanted to play.
"I haven’t really looked at any other schools. I’ve had two brothers go to Union, so I decided I kind of wanted to be like my oldest brothers and I wanted to play soccer."
Brooks said he is thinking about studying to become a physical therapist.
"I don’t know where they’ll put me yet," he said. "I’ll play wherever they want me."
Brooks finished his senior season with 47 goals as the Patriots posted an 11-5-2 record. He scored six goals in a game twice.
"I happened to get 47 goals because my teammates work hard," he said. "They set me up for most all of them."
In the first round of the playoffs, Brooks lined up in goal for a penalty kick by a Tallassee player. Brooks made the save to clinch a 5-4 victory.
"It was amazing," he said. "I don’t play goalkeeper. It made me feel great that I could be a part of helping these guys go farther than we’ve ever gone in the playoffs."
ACA coach Dylan Reed said Brooks had a little bit of practice in goal few days before the match.
"That was our decision to put our best athlete in there," Reed said. "He definitely did the job.
"His overall athleticism is not really matched from what I’ve seen with all the schools that we’ve played. His work ethic is unmatched on the field, which allowed him to outplay anybody he stepped up against.
"I just wish him the best of luck. I know wherever he goes and whatever he puts his mind to he’s going to succeed no matter what."
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