Thursday was a long time in the making for Lakeside High School soccer player Colby Ellis.
Ellis decided he wanted to attend and play soccer for Southern Polytechnic State University early on in high school, and it finally came to fruition when he signed the letter of intent to play at the NAIA Marietta, Ga. school.
“I got in touch with Southern Poly my sophomore year and I started the Olympic Development Program with them and they got to know me there,” said Ellis.
The senior striker, who scored 10 goals and had seven assists his sophomore year and eight goals and eight assists last year, likes that the school offers his major in electrical engineering. He’s also a fan of the Hornets’ style of play.
“They’re heavy on offense so they score a lot of goals,” he said.
Lakeside coach Dave Morgan thought Ellis would be an asset to the Hornets’ program.
“He’s a player that can play several different positions at Southern Poly,” Morgan said. “They’re lucky to find a good player like he is.”
The location was a plus as well.
“It wasn’t too far away from home but enough to get away,” Ellis said.
Ellis didn’t have much time to celebrate his signing as the Panthers had to board a bus for their season-opening game at Hephzibah. He had plenty of reason to celebrate there, however, as he scored a game-high five goals, before adding one more in the Panthers’ 4-2 win over Richmond Academy Friday night.