September 20, 2019 01:57 AM
(ABC 6 News) - The Austin Packers boys soccer team is cruising through this season.
They are coming off two wins just this week and are now 7-1-1 on the season. A driving force for this team is one of their captains, Kee Reh.
"Coach picked me as captain and it is really an honor," Reh expressed.
For Reh, it's pretty simple. He is just trying to play hard, but that is a result of the work that is put in. Kee puts in extra hours and manages to play year-round, searching for leagues in the off-season to help hone his craft. Something that is certainly not going unnoticed.
"This year we've got him playing in the center midfield, and he's really been that force that helps keep the momentum going in both directions," Head Coach Jens Levisen said. "As a center midfielder you want to be up on every single attack and back every time you're defending. He'll play the whole game and 'no coach, I'm not tired,' and just keep going after it."
His teammates agree that he truly gives it his all.
"He's very aggressive in the middle, and is good at controlling the middle," senior stopper Dylan Hanesgraaf said. "So, it helps everyone around us play."
Kee isn't only standing out with his level of play, he is making a name for himself with his demeanor and dependability.
"Regardless of what area, if it's at school, on the field, if it's in practice," Levisen explained. "If I need somebody who's going to step up and lead the team the way I want it to go, he's going to be that guy."
"He's a fun guy to be around, he's always cracking jokes," Hanegraaf said. "So, we're always laughing with him. It's a fun time."
Humble and drive, Kee's personal goals still center on the team.
"I need to score more goals, assist, and just help the team win."
So far this season, the Packers have recorded four shutouts and are on their second win streak of the season. But all eyes are on making it to their third consecutive state tournament.
"This season our goal is to go back to the state and win it this year," Kee said.
The Packers have been to the section title game eight of the last 10 years and this season marks the 10 year anniversary of the program's first ever state tournament berth.
"The last couple of years we've poked through at the state tournament and he's been a part of those two teams already," Levisen said. "So, for it being his senior year, I think that's definitely on his radar and is ultimately the goal. He knows what type of way we need to play in order to compete at that level and if we're not doing that then he's that voice. The players will hear me say it but then if they hear one of their teammates say it as well, then there's a little more buy in and it's not just the coach talking."
Through the years, and the state tournament appearances, Kee says one of his favorite memories being with the team is when he found out he made varsity his sophomore year.
Austin gears up for another game on Thursday, Sept. 19, against Faribault. Kick-off set for 7 p.m. in Faribault.
Updated: September 20, 2019 01:57 AM
Created: September 18, 2019 09:59 PM
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