Second Level - McGlynn's progress will have to wait
Mon. October 28, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. | By StarNews Sports Department
Topsail High School graduate Logan McGlynn is part of the men's soccer program at Bridgewater College in Virginia. (Photo by Courtesy Bridgewater College)
Logan McGlynn is used to being in big situations. The problem is, he'll have to wait a while until he's in one again.
After playing in every game of his freshman season on the Bridgewater (Va.) College men's soccer program, the Topsail High School alumnus was on the field for four more games to start this season before it ended with a broken collarbone.
"It's definitely been tough, but it's a good learning experience," said McGlynn, a sophomore midfielder. "It's cool to see the game from the sideline sometimes. When you're on the field, you can only see the game from your perspective. From the sidelines, you can see how everything plays out."
McGlynn said he's already begun training for next season while continuing to work towards his business major.
"I'll be ready next season," McGlynn reassured me, "I look forward to being healthy and ready to go."
His confidence comes from his past experience.
At the start of 2012, he had been on campus for a whopping two weeks, the team was playing its home opener against Southern Virginia and had yet to score on the season. Through the first 135 minutes of the season, the Eagles offense struggled. Finally, in the 51st minute, McGlynn beat the keeper to tally both his and Bridgewater's first goal of the season. The goal was the difference-maker in an eventual 2-1 win.
McGlynn is no stranger to contributing immediately. At Topsail, McGlynn earned all-East Central Conference honors as a sophomore. His success only continued, receiving all-region and all-state recognition his junior year. Saving his best for last, McGlynn was named to the all-region and all-state team his senior year. His first collegiate goal, however, sticks out to him as the career highlight.
"It was pretty cool to score my first goal in our home opener," said McGlynn, "It was great to contribute to the team's success right off the bat. It was a big goal for me as well as the team."
The Eagles' coaching staff clearly saw something they liked, as McGlynn played all 18 games of his freshman campaign, starting 16 of them.
The transition wasn't seamless, however. A higher level of physicality, competition and heckling were all aspects McGlynn had to get used to.
"It was definitely an interesting transition," said McGlynn, "Some of the things I experienced I had never seen in high school. The players were faster, they tackled harder, and their fans were much more vocal."
- By Cam Ellis