By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 4, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Lucas Martin has committed to play collegiate soccer at Roanoke College starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Being committed to play at Roanoke feels great. It takes a lot of pressure off knowing that my college search is finished,” said the 5-foot-9 Martin. “Roanoke has a lot to offer academically and for soccer. It is a great school and their soccer team is one of the best in the ODAC conference.”
The Division III Maroons finished their 2013 season 9-7-2 including a 5-4-1 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Roanoke lost their final game of the season to Lynchburg College, 1-0, in the ODAC tournament quarterfinal.
“I hope to add high intensity to the squad right away and fight for playing time during my first year,” said Martin who will play center-mid for the Maroons. “I think my vision and control in the middle can help the team out greatly.”
Playing for Roanoke is a family affair for the Martins. Lucas’ older brother Spencer Martin is a Roanoke senior who played his final collegiate game of his career during the fall for the Maroons.
“My older brother played soccer at Roanoke, which gave me exposure to the school,” Martin said. “My brother loved Roanoke, and I will too. I can’t wait to begin my college career at Roanoke College.”
While making his decision to attend Roanoke Martin looked up to his brother for advice, much like he has done since the time he was young.
“When I was old enough to start playing competitive sports, my older brother had been playing soccer. He got me into it, and I loved it right away,” said Martin who plays club soccer for SYA Excel Red ’95. “Watching some of my idols playing professionally on TV motivates me to keep playing. I love the game and hope to play as long as possible.”
Before Martin has the opportunity to play on television or even at Roanoke, he has one final season remaining with the Broad Run Spartans.
In 2013, Broad Run finished 15-5-3 dropping their final match of the season to Oakton, 4-1, in the VHSL AAA state quarterfinal.
“I expect us to go to the state championship and bring home the state rings this upcoming season,” said the North Carolina-native. “Our team is strong and experienced, and our senior class is one of the best to have ever come through Broad Run. This year I believe we will be better and that a state championship is definitely possible for us.”
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!