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Connor Gates ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Peninsula Catholic High School
  • Yorktown, VA
  • Men's Soccer
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Connor Gates's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
Tidewater Sharks United
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Personal Statement

While many things have changed for me over the years, the one thing that has not changed at all is my passion for soccer. My parents enrolled me in tot soccer when I was two years old and I've had a soccer ball attached to me ever since. My first travel experience was with the same club for seven years and that developed me as a player. With my head coach/DOC's encouragement, I moved to a new club in 2020 for a higher challenge. Although I think moving teams was one of the most important decisions for me to gain higher competition and test my skills, I know it's my coaches that helped me progress as a player and get to my new team. I was also fortunate to make my state ODP team multiple years and the amazing coaching there also helped me progress. Freshmen year I had a setback with an off season ankle injury, I was able to bounce back, continue my training, and spent the summer training twice daily with a USL 2 GK. That also built my confidence and made me see that a setback is not the end of the story, the comeback is stronger.

I like to work hard and bring full effort to my sport. I'm usually the first to the training field and the last to leave, I train when there is no formal practice, I love this game. Outside of my GK skills, my coaches have described me as "coachable, respectful, talented and fearless". I coach younger GKs and volunteer with TOP Soccer. I am focused both on and off the pitch. I made my high school team as an 8th grader, then won the starting spot as a 9th grader. I maintain an A average GPA and I'd like to focus on a pre-med/a hard sciences major. I would like to consider PA or PT school, or possibly a career in chemistry. I think I'd make a great candidate for your program based on my skills I always seek to improve, my tireless work ethic, my leadership among my peers, and my character...based on a saying I hear everyday in my house: "Be the head and not the tail." Basically, choose the right thing, do the right thing, set the example, and represent your family and your team well.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • Season Schedule
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #17
  • 2020 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • Team Awards:
    2 scrimmages, season cut short due to COVID
  • 2019 Junior Varsity Team
  • Jersey:
  • Team Awards:
    Played every game, 2 GA for my season

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2021 Tidewater Sharks United (ECNL RL)
  • Notes: VA State Cup (Jan 30, 2022, Vienna, VA), Jefferson Cup (April1-3, 2002, Richmond, VA), East Coast Showcase (May 28-29, 2022, Richmond, VA)
  • 2020 Tidewater Sharks United (NPL)
  • Notes: STARTER/100% play time, reduced GA by 58% in 1st season with team, 9 shutouts in season and tourney play. At the advice of my VSLi D1 coach, I was encouraged to consider the Tidewater Sharks NPL (now VPSL) team. I moved from being the starting/only GK with my former team to the starting/only GK on this new team. Joined July 2020, 2 tourney championships since joining (Williamsburg Invitational in July 2020, Virginia Cup in September 2020).
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 VYSA Olympic Development Program (District ODP)
  • Notes: 3rd consecutive year selected for Southeast district ODP
  • 2019 VYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) (Virginia State ODP Team)
  • Notes: Selected for regional tournament play in NJ
  • 2019 Yorktown FC ATTACK (Travel/Club- VSLi Div 1 U15)
  • Notes: Starting GK
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 VYSA Olympic Development Program (Virginia State ODP Team)
  • Notes: Selected for NC friendlies and VA friendlies, starter
  • 2018 VYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP) (District ODP)
  • Notes: Southeast VA district ODP, selected for state team
  • 2018 Yorktown FC ATTACK (Travel/Club- VSLi Div 1 U14)
  • Notes: Starting GK, 75% shutouts
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Kyle Moore (Asst. Coach)
  • Club Director
  • Martin Vickerton
  • High School Head Coach
  • Bobby Hodges
  • Position Coach
  • Richard Dearle
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Guilherme "Junior" Alves Jr.
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Travis Kirby

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • F
  • 10 Years
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter



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High School Information

High School:
Peninsula Catholic High School
(757) 596-7247

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Dual Enrollment Biology & Lab, Honors Chemistry, Honors Spanish III, Honors English 11, enrolled to study abroad in Italy/Greece/Turkey- July 2022, Honors English 10, Honors World History 2, Honors Earth Science & Ecology, Honors English 9
AP Classes:
Yes. AP European History
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • National Honor Society- 10th grade- inducted May 2021 National Spanish Honor Society- 10th grade- inducted April 2021 Selected as Peninsula Catholic Peer Mentor- 10th grade- PCHS Principal’s List (4.0+)- 10th grade- PCHS Highest Honors- 10th grade- PCHS Honor Roll- 9th grade- Grafton High School
  • Activity
    • Youth Volunteer Corp Hampton Roads community volunteer (various activities)
  • Activity
    • TOPSoccer soccer buddy volunteer
  • Activity
    • Upward Soccer volunteer referee
  • Activity
    • Yorktown Sharks volunteer GK coach to '08 GKs
  • Activity
    • Lionsbridge FC host family. I am also active with the student group at my church and I play the piano at various retirement/nursing homes during the lunch or dinner hour. In the summer
  • Activity
    • I enjoy surfing. I'm also a participant in The College of William & Mary's Courageous Leadership Institute.

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Statistic 2018 Yorktown F
Games Played 8
Record 7-1-0
Shutouts 6
Total Saves 37
Goals Against Avg. 0.38
Saves % 92.5%


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