UVM senior finds success once again
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A men’s soccer senior attacker is looking to add to his impressive list of accomplishments as he hopes to help UVM repeat as conference champions.
Brian Wright has already shown that he means business, tallying four goals and seven assists in the first six games of the season.
Already tying his assist re- cord of 7 from last season, Wright’s mission is simple: make a statement for UVM and the commonly overlooked America East Conference by building on last season’s NCAA tournament appearance.
“We only lost 1-0 to BC who eventually went on to the Elite 8, which shows that we weren’t that far off from really accomplishing something and showing the nation what UVM as well as the America East Conference is really capable of doing,” Wright said.
In his inaugural season, he won the America East Rookie of the Year award, joining only three other players in UVM’s history to win the honor, according to UVM athletics.
Wright attributes much of his early success to his youth soccer career.
“My youth career helped prepare me for college. With my club team, I played against Michigan State when I was 17 in the spring and then again against MSU and Northwestern University when I was 18,” he said.
“I got a taste of what the next level was like and I think that helped prepare me,” Wright said.
Head coach Jesse Cormier has nothing but praise for his star forward.
“Brian has missed two practices in his four years,” Cormier said. “When you take his tremendous abilities, add passion to learn and find ways to improve, and mix in a student of the game mentality, you have a true difference-maker.”
Last season, Wright led the team in both goals and assists, according to UVM athletics.
He scored the winning goal in the America East Championship, and was also named MVP of the America East Conference.
These achievements placed Wright on the America East All-Conference First Team, along with two other regional all-star teams.
He even passed Cormier, a previous player as well as the current coach, on the goal leaderboard.
After claiming assists in five out of the six games so far this season, along with goals in four out of the six, Wright is picking up where he left off last season.
A lot of work goes into producing such impressive numbers, Wright said.
Wright attributed much of his success to his work during the offseason, where he has made a point to improve his game every year, he said.
“My game has developed a lot at UVM; I feel like every year I’ve gotten better,” Wright said.
“Especially in the offseason, I really try to focus on my weaknesses so that it becomes natural when the fall season arrives.”
It seems like the offensive preparation has paid off as Wright continues to dominate.
After the 2016 season, Wright said he plans to play professionally and then move onto coaching.
“Who knows, maybe I’ll even come back and coach as an alum like current coach Jesse Cormier,” he said.