By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 20, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Evan Kalaris has committed to join head coach Steve Shaw at Christopher Newport University where he will play soccer beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It is a great relief after thinking about it the past two years,” said the 5-foot-11 Kalaris. “I am excited about getting a solid college education in the field of business or whatever else I may discover over the next four years.”
With an expected college graduation date of May 2018, one reason Kalaris decided to make Newport News his new home was because his Spartan teammate Bryan Magnuson and Briar Woods graduate Jimmy Grace will bolth be at Christopher Newport next fall.
“It’s the perfect size school for me and I feel they really put students’ education and growth first,” said Kalaris who plays club soccer for Loudoun 95 Red. “I also feel like my style of play fits well with CNU’s soccer program and am excited to continue to grow as a soccer player under the coaching of coach Shaw and his staff.”
The NCAA Division III Captains were 13-5-2 overall last fall including a 6-2 record in the Capital Athletic Conference.
“I hope to be able to complement other great players,” said Kalaris who will play Midfield at CNU. “I was able to play soccer for a few years in England, and I come from a soccer family so soccer is in my blood.”
Kalaris’ dad and two of his uncles played collegiate soccer and said from a young age has loved the sport.
“I got started when I was three years old, and it has been my passion ever since,” said Kalaris who was born in the nation’s capital. “My teammates are all very competitive, so that keeps me motivated, as well as my family, who want to see me reach my full potential.”
In 2013, the Broad Run Spartans came up short of reaching their full potential after losing the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal to Oakton, 4-1, wrapping up their season with a 15-5-3 record.
“I’m hoping for another run at a state championship. Last year, we had a lot of talent and got to the state quarterfinals, but I think with the players we have this year, we can win the whole thing. I’ve been playing club soccer with many of my Broad Run teammates since the age of five, so we have a lot of chemistry together.”
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!