Colin Owen is the last man standing at all times on the soccer field. Throughout his career at Lapeer East, he has been the last line of defense — often the only thing standing between victory and defeat. Lucky for East, Owen has done it better than anyone else (and he has the wins to prove it).
With last night’s shutout victory over Goodrich, Owen set a Flint-area record for shutouts in a career with 41.
Owen and the unbeaten and fourth-ranked Eagles will seek a third consecutive district championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The opponent is yet to be determined.
His head coach, Chad Kenny, said Owen has taken his game to a new level this season.
“He gained a great deal of confidence playing deep into the state tournament last year, earning our team’s MVP award,” Kenny said. “There is no better teacher than experience and he got better as the games got more important. He carried that over to this year as he knew we were playing with a brand new defensive line this year.”
After losing all of East’s starting defenders to graduation, Owen was forced to step up and be even more assertive in net.
“He committed to this in practice every day,” Kenny said. “And once the team heard he was near the area record, shutouts became an area of great focus for the guys playing in front of him. They wanted him to get the shutout every game. Everyone committed to playing defense because it increased our chances to win and the guys wanted Colin to earn that record. Colin has been outstanding but he would be the first to tell you that this is a program record. He’s had some outstanding defenders play in front of him the past four years.”