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TELL CITY - Keith Patrick did not get to play for a high school soccer team. But the Tell City senior will play that sport for Hanover College.
Tell City High School is starting its soccer program next fall, but Patrick has played soccer in the Perry County Youth League since he was 4.
He also played for several select teams. The latest was Perry County United 18-and-under team, for which he scored two goals in a 7-1 win in the season finale May 5.
He has also played other sports but said soccer was his favorite. So he contacted Hanover Coach Craig Jones to see if he could play for the Panthers next year.
Jones has not seen Patrick play, but "he talked to my coach (Fred Hillenbrand) I'm pretty sure," said Patrick.
As an NCAA Division III school, Hanover cannot give athletic scholarships. But Patrick will receive a $2,500 Donner Scholarship for academics.
Jones said he usually keeps 30 players on his team's roster. But he didn't know how much Patrick will get to play next year, as only one player graduated from this year's 6-12 team, which finished fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
But 13 players will be seniors next year, so Patrick is one of 13 freshmen Jones is bringing in next fall.
Jones said not having played high school soccer shouldn't put Patrick at a disadvantage. "In this region high school soccer is not that strong, so it's not that important. We definitely recruit club athletes."
Patrick plans to major in mathematics.