GOODY, Ky. – Belfry Pirates soccer standout Blake Mendoza has officially signed with the University of Pike to continue his education and play the sport he loves for the Bears.
Mendoza helped lead the Pirates to a record of 17-3-1 in his senior season by leading the team in assists. Out of 21 games played, Mendoza had 15 assists during the season and was third on the team in scoring with 17 goals scored.
When asked if Mendoza was ready to move forward to the next level, he replied, “I am, this is a great feeling. It’s great to know you can do what you love, not only in high school but to continue on into college is just a great feeling.”
Belfry’s soccer program has been in existence for around 11 years. Belfry sets the bar for an area that hasn’t really caught onto the sport as well. The Pirates soccer program has put colleges on notice with the talent that is produced between the hills.
UPike’s girls soccer head coach Gary Warford was on site to represent the University of Pikeville in offering Mendoza the scholarship.
Warford said, “Blake is a tall and physical individual. He is strong and has probably one of the sweetest shots on goal that I have seen in the area. He has a great finishing combination; he can finish with power of with finesse. That’s what makes him a dangerous player, I can see him playing as an outside midfielder, or a center midfielder, as a forward. He has that killer instinct that we are looking for.”
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)