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Greenbrier's Duncan signs soccer scholarship with Anderson University

Posted: March 29, 2016 - 11:02pm
Greenbrier senior Myles Duncan signed Friday to play soccer with Anderson University, a private school in South Carolina.  Photo by Chris Gay
Photo by Chris Gay
Greenbrier senior Myles Duncan signed Friday to play soccer with Anderson University, a private school in South Carolina.

Myles Duncan has achieved his dream of playing collegiate soccer.

That’s just one of his life goals, though.

On Friday, the Greenbrier senior signed to play with Anderson University in South Carolina.

“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little boy playing soccer,” Duncan said. “It’s kind of a fairy tale come true.”

Duncan said he plans to major in pre-med at Anderson. He wants to be a doctor so he can help less fortunate people throughout the world on mission trips. He’s already been on two mission trips and he plans to go to Haiti this summer. In the Dominican Republic, he helped rebuild a house in refugee camps and helped update a church. He also played sports and made crafts with children there.

“We just wanted to show them that they’re loved,” he said. “Most of the time, their parents are working from sunrise to sunset. They don’t have anyone to play with.”

Duncan has played soccer since age 5. With his father in the military, he’s bounced around from the United States to Europe and back, spending some of his youth in Germany.

“That’s where my love for soccer grew. That’s all they do,” Duncan said. “Technically, the players are a lot better. Here, we’re more physical and faster.”

Duncan is headed this fall to Anderson, which went 8-8-1 this past season. The Trojans lost in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament quarterfinals to Queens. Anderson featured 18 freshmen on its 30-player roster, and Duncan said he was told he’d be able to contribute right away.

Greenbrier coach Graeme Connolly said Duncan will be a tremendous asset for the Trojans. Connolly added stats don’t tell the story of his standout forward.

“Myles has grown into a great leader for the program,” Connolly said. “Myles is one of the most selfless players that we have, which we can be a big strength when you’re trying to build a team around that. Sometimes, it goes against him and his stats with his goal scoring, because he’d rather pass to someone else than finish the ball himself. That’s just the way he is wired.”

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