Golden Boot: Quincy High's Smith setting blistering pace on pitch
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Entering his junior season with the Quincy High soccer team Jaeden Smith knew the ball would start to find his feet more and more often and that's exactly what head coach Rod Bridal was hoping for.
"He can be a variety," said Bridal. "He can be a kid that can beat somebody but then I've also seen him make a move up top from 25 yards out and let one rip."
It is a position the forward ,known as "Chewy" to his teammates, has been waiting his turn to be in since his freshman year.
"I was waiting to do this and I thought I did a good job preparing myself for this season," said Smith.
"I thought that I would be at the reigns now and I need to help the team out as much as I can."
So far, Smith has yet to disappoint with 11 goals and two hat tricks in just six games played this season.
"I have a lot of speed and I like to use it," he said.
"It's been challenging but with the other forwards along side me it's been pretty easy to pick up with them, too. It's just good to play with them because they always help me out."
It's with that group of forwards, like Robby Phillips and Harrison Rosen, that have the offense developing a sixth sense with each other as the Blue Devils offensive onslaught only begins to grow.
"We've played with each other in (Quincy) United a lot so we're very knowledgeable with each other and we knows how each other plays so we're good at finding each other," Smith says.
"What that allows Chewy to do is get a lot of opportunities one on one out on the side," said Bridal. "And those (one on one) end up in a lot of goals for Chewy."
Smith and the Blue Devils get back at it when they open up Western Big 6 conference play Tuesday night at United Township. Then, on Thursday the Blue Devils welcome their cross-town rivals from 10th and Jackson to Flinn Stadium for the first of two meetings.
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