Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Currituck's Innes made most of senior campaign
Knights' senior recognized as area's top player
By Craig Moyer
Thursday, December 28, 2017
BARCO — Currituck midfielder Collin Innes was the center of the Knights’ strong offensive-attack throughout the season, earning him the title of The Daily Advance Area Player of the Year in boys soccer.
Innes played center-midfield for Currituck, which is often referred to as the most important position in soccer and is the leader of an offense, similar to a point guard.
The senior was at the center of the Knights’ offense throughout the season, as the team averaged more than three goals per game this year.
Innes said being recognized as the area’s top player is a big deal, since the area has a large number of talented athletes and only one is recognized each season.
“It is big for me, especially going into a college season next year it is going to be a really big confidence booster and is going to help me progress,” Innes said.
Innes verbally committed to Division I Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs in October and plans to earn a double major in accounting and economics.
Currituck head coach Lori Davis said Innes was deserving of the award because the senior was a game changer throughout the season and was a leader on and off the field.
“He controlled the tempo of our games, the flow of the ball and just knew how to get things started regardless of the team we were playing, he would adjust on the fly and lead through his actions,” Davis said.
The Knights head coach said that Innes gained experience playing on his travel team before his two seasons on varsity and any time he is not on the field a shift can be seen in the team’s transition game.
Innes, one of six seniors on the roster this season, said he has been playing alongside many of his teammates for several years on their travel team.
He said that familiarity among teammates was a key part of the Knights’ successful 10-7-1 season and their trip to the 2A state playoffs.
“After playing so long together, we had a lot of chemistry within the team because we all know each other so well,” Innes said.
Innes said before his main position was right wing before playing at Currituck, where he was placed at center-midfield, as he believes the added experience will be helpful to his play at Gardner-Webb.
Before his time with the Knights, Innes said he was more of an offensive-minded player, but playing midfield has taught him to get back on the defensive side of the ball as well.
“It has helped me become a more well-rounded player, so I will be better prepared, so if they say ‘play right back’ I will know how to play it because of my experience at center-mid,” he said.
Davis said Innes always led the team off the field and in practice as well, where he showed his impressive one on one skills in close quarters and possession drills.
“He brought the touch with the ball to another level for us,” Davis said. “He always kept us on our toes with regards to that type of movement.”
One thing Innes and his head coach agreed needs work, is the senior’s volume on the field as he communicates with his teammates and leads the offense.
“Collin was our quiet leader, we would have loved for him to be much more vocal in terms of his volume on the field, but he did a lot of his leading through his actions, both on and off the field,” Davis said.
Innes admitted he has always been a quiet player, but said being named the area player of the year, knowing how many other players could have won, will help him improve as a verbal leader.
“Eventually I have to become a loud player and I think this award will really help me build the confidence to become a verbal player in college,” Innes said.