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Jan, 2020

Taking UW Soccer by Storm

Lucas Meek started his soccer career at MIFC, playing recreational soccer and later winning spots on the MIHS Boys Varsity Soccer team, EastsideFC and the Sounders Academy. He dreamed of one day playing college soccer.

As reported in a November 30th Seattle Times article, Meek joined the UW Men's soccer team as a redshirt midfielder in 2017. What he lost in playing time his first year, he gained in notoriety as the self-described "hype-man" of the team, radiating positivity to his teammates. In 2018, he logged only 3 minutes of game time, making use of his bench time by providing running commentary for game film. In 2019, his dedication and spirit paid off. He started in the season opener, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory. Time and again during a deep 2020 season, Meek came up with a game-winning goal or assist, with a season tally of 6 goals and 7 assists. His coach, Jamie Clark, describes him as "a special human being . . . different from pretty much any player we have ever had before." Meek was instrumental in the team's deep run in the NCAA tournament, ultimately falling to Georgetown.

Lucas offers the following advice for MIFC players who want to play advanced level soccer. "You might be one of the best players on your team now, but when the competition gets stiffer, you will have to work hard and prove you can play at the next level. If it's your dream to play college soccer, go for it. You don't want to wake up one day and realize you wish you were playing college soccer, but you didn't put in that little bit of extra time to communicate with the coach about who you are and how you can help the team."

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