Woodward’s Lucas Shirkey – Character Counts Presented by Great Plains Bank Woodward
By Travis Sloat
Lucas Shirkey is a center mid for the Woodward High School soccer team and says he is looking forward to his sophomore season with the Boomers.
“I started playing soccer when I was three, and I enjoy it because it’s something you can do with all your friends,” Shirkey said. “I think it’s good to have a bond with your team on and off the field. If you aren’t friends with your teammates, you get separated easily and that can hurt the momentum.”
As a player, Shirkey said he thinks what sets him apart is his adaptability and the way he sees the field.
“I can adapt easily to different situations in the course of play,” he said. “And I think my vision on the field sets me apart as well. I can see openings when they aren’t open yet, and I can see the runs that people will make.”
Shirkey’s got big plans for the year, both for himself and for the team.
“I want to have scored a hat trick, and as a team, our goal is to make it to the state final and hopefully win it all,” he said. “Our season got cut short last year, but we’ve gotten off to a good start this year in the preseason. I’ve had three goals and five assists in preseason games, and our team is succeeding on the field.”
Goals and assists are important, but so is being a role model, and Shirkey said he thinks the best way to do that is by displaying character.
“Having character is being able to stay true to your beliefs even during tough times,” he said. “I try to lift my teammates up and not tear them down when they struggle, so they can help me the same way when I struggle.”