My name is Jake Silva, and I am graduating in 2021, but have decided to take a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy, in Bridgton, Maine for the 2021/2022 year. Covid-19 has limited the amount of games and opportunities to show coaches how hard I have continued to work on my game and my improvement. After visiting Bridgton and speaking with Coach Hopkins there, I want to give myself an extra year to see how far I can take my soccer while increasing my SAT score and prepare for life as a high level college player.
Prior to my senior year, I had always been the youngest returning starter on my high school team. I knew leading the team would be one of the hardest challenges I had faced. I was given an extremely young team, that did not have the most skill, but a great work ethic. I earned the captain position, along with becoming a 1st team all-state player. So far I have also maintained my 3.65 GPA from last year, while taking my first AP class.
We struggled as a team but I was proud we continued to improve each game throughout the season. Whether I was staying after training with a couple of young kids, or stopping play to show them where to position themselves, I was always trying to help us learn. Everyone was motivated to get at least a little bit better each day. I did a lot of learning about the importance of setting an example with my actions that I could not have understood without having this type of senior season.
I believe I have the character, leadership skills, and ability to perform at a high college level, as well as have an impact. I am always trying to work on my game both technically and tactically. Whether it is waking up early and practicing with my dad, or studying a game on film or TV, I am always looking to improve. An ideal program for me is one that plays to feet and finds the open man, moving the ball around the field.
Academically, I’m hoping to find a school that offers smaller classes because they provide more interaction and 1 on 1 support, which I have learned helps me. This way of learning has helped me understand the material better and improved my grades. I am looking to challenge myself and maintain the high GPA that I’ve earned in high school.
I am looking forward to speaking with any coaches that feel I would develop into a great player and teammate for their program.