Winfield’s Shrewsbury gets Gamer honors
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to Senior Ryan Shrewsbury from Winfield High School.
The Winfield Generals boys soccer team has started out on a hot 8-0 winning streak and has beaten last year’s state champion, Nitro. Last week the Generals beat Huntington High 3-0 and beat an underrated Scott High 3-2. One standout player that helped to guide the Generals to a victorious campaign is senior attacking midfielder Ryan Shrewsbury. The senior scored a goal in each win last week but struck a very important goal in the win over Scott High that prevailed them to victory. Shrewsbury and the Generals have been victorious on the battlefield thus far, but the war continues on.
When asked about who inspires him Ryan said, “We draw inspiration from playing for ourselves. We all have one goal in mind, and it is to win a state championship. Last year we narrowly missed out on that opportunity, and we believe we have something to prove not only to ourselves, but against the other teams in the state.”
When asked about his personal goals for the season, Ryan said, “Scoring 20 goals in a season has always been on top of my list, but if I can earn a spot on a college roster to continue playing soccer, that would be the icing on the cake.″ The Generals have been a motivated bunch since last year, when they were knocked off by state champion Nitro. With the loss of many key members of that squad, the Generals have regrouped very well with a strong undefeated start.
When Head Coach Mike Foster was asked about his team’s play as they reach the midpoint in the regular season, he replied, “We still have opportunities to improve in many facets of the game. We continue to concentrate on finishing in the box and improving our fitness level as the year wears on.″
When asked about his star midfielder’s play this year, Foster said, “Ryan is one of our captains and leads by example to his teammates. Ryan has a no-quit attitude, high skill level, and has great work ethic. He may be one of our smaller starters, but he proves size isn’t everything. He is relentless on the field and is one of the best finishers we have ever coached.”
Ryan, son of Danielle and Kevin Shrewsbury, has a 4.0 GPA. Ryan is also a member the National Honor Society, Year Book Club, Beta Club and plays travel soccer for WVFC. Ryan says he is unsure where he will attend college, but he wants to continue playing soccer on the collegiate level while in pursuit of becoming a physical therapist.
Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.
Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a doctor of physical therapy at Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.