WEST CHICAGO – Following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Ty Seager picked up the sport of soccer at a young age.
Now the third member of his family, behind Ryan, age 23, and Colton, age 19, to go through the Wheaton Academy program, the sophomore forward is quickly making quite a name for himself.
“My family was a pretty big soccer family growing up,” Seager said. “I grew up playing with my older brothers. And it was good having them to toughen me up.”
Those sessions with Ryan and Colton, along with his time on the Kopion FC club, no doubt have played a major role in Seager’s progression on the pitch. This fall, he leads Wheaton Academy with 25 goals (through the sectional final) to go along with seven assists after scoring seven goals as a freshman on the varsity.
“Ty’s work rate, speed and approach to the game has allowed him to have such an immediate impact in only his sophomore year,” Wheaton Academy coach Jeff Brooke said.
“He believes in what we can do as a team and works diligently to get our program to that level, and he admires and learns from the upperclassmen who want him to succeed.
“His ability to score goals this year has made us a very dangerous and successful team. But Ty would be the first to credit his teammates for setting him up with positive chances.”
Indeed, Seager is quick to deflect the attention onto his teammates, many of whom he has been playing with for years on his club team.
“I have to give so much credit to everyone,” he said. “We are playing really well together this year and it starts from the back line up to the front. There isn’t a weak spot on the squad, which is great. We’ve been able to create a lot of opportunities and I have had opportunities to finish. It’s been a blessing.”
As far as the gaudy numbers he has been able to pile up in 2013, even Seager, who did admit he has always been one of the leading scorers on his teams, has been caught a little off guard.
“I really didn’t have any big expectations for this year,” said Seager, a three-sport athlete who also competes in basketball and track. “But I did know [I’d have a chance to step up because] we were losing a lot of seniors.”