By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 3, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Bryan Magnuson has committed to continue his soccer career at Christopher Newport University beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“CNU appeals to me because of their exceptional business program as well as their strong soccer program,” said the 6-foot-1 Magnuson. “I also really like the coaching staff, the team, the facilities and just the overall environment.”
Magnuson noted that being committed has eased the amount of pressure that was on him.
“I don’t feel the need to play games a certain way just to impress college coaches in attendance and draw attention to myself, but can just focus on the game,” Magnuson said. “On top of the feeling of relief, I am extremely excited and looking forward to playing for CNU in the fall.”
Last fall the DIII Captains – including Briar Woods High School graduate Jimmy Grace – finished 13-5-2, posting a 6-2 record in the Capital Athletic Conference where they tied to York College in the conference championship.
“The Captains have a reputation of being a very strong team year-in and year-out and this coming year should be no exception. I simply hope that I can help to carry that tradition forward,” said Magnuson who will play either outside back or outside midfielder for CNU. “In speaking with Coach Steve Shaw, he believes that my speed, skill on the ball and aggressiveness to attack and be an offensive threat from defense and outside midfield will be a great fit for their style of play. This is very similar to my style of play today, and I look forward to doing my part and getting stronger as a player.”
Magnuson will travel down to Newport News in the fall, but in the meantime he will compete for the Broad Run Spartans during his last season of high school soccer.
In 2013, the Spartans finished 15-5-3 dropping their final match of the season to Oakton, 4-1, in the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal.
“I am very optimistic about our season and believe we can compete for the state title,” said Magnuson who plays club soccer for Annandale United FC. “We have a lot of talent and skill on the team this year so I am confident we will do well in the season and expect to go deep into the playoffs.”
Magnuson’s parents are the reason the senior will get a chance to play in another VHSL state playoff this year after they got him started in soccer at a young age.
“My parents told me – not sure if they were joking or not – that I was a very active child and soccer was the sport that allowed them to get me out of the house at the youngest age and burn my energy away from the house,” Magnuson said. “In the end, I grew to love the sport and have been fortunate to be able to continue to develop my game. Over the years, this opportunity has enabled me to be able to play with and against some of the top teams in the country which then pushed me to improve my level of play.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!