Lopez's soccer love earns scholarship

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Cassville senior Wyatt Lopez inked a college letter of intent to play soccer for the Green Mountain College Eagles in Poultney, Vt. Contributed photo

4 years of work for Wildcat pays off

For the last three seasons, Wyatt Lopez has terrorized opposing teams on the soccer pitch for the Cassville Wildcats, forcing rival coaches to have a specific plan to deal with his football prowess.

Lopez was such a disruptive force that Monett Coach Chris Villa told his players to watch Lopez's style and intensity and then emulate it.

For all his hard work, both on and off the soccer field, Lopez was awarded a soccer scholarship to Green Mountain College, a liberal arts school in Poultney, Vt.

According to Lopez's mother, Kimberley, his scholarship is worth $43,390 and can be renewed four times up to a total of $175,720.

"Green Mountain is a Division 3 program and I look for him to start immediately," said Andrew Hoskins, Cassville coach. "Lopez was a rock on the defense for us, and I look for that to continue in college."

At Cassville, Lopez was the team captain and voted the squad's Rotarian Most Valuable Player. He also earned the team's sportsmanship award and leadership award.

"We will miss Wyatt's leadership, speed and physicality on the field," Hoskins said. "Wyatt was a game changer and leaves us with huge shoes to fill next year."

According to Hoskins, Lopez was committed, on and off the field, to playing soccer as much as circumstances allowed whether playing in leagues or helping our youth program grow.

"Wyatt has been there as a role model," Hoskins said. "He was able to adjust this year to a more flexible position playing stopper, midfield as well as on defense as a full back or sweeper."

Lopez also excelled in the classroom. He ranked among the top 10 percent in his class academically.

"Wyatt made a commitment his sophomore year to continue his career outside of Cassville," Hoskins said. "We discussed it frequently. I am just so proud that he showed the fortitude and determination to allow this dream become a reality."

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