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Athlete Spotlight: Thomas Suh

Posted: May 12, 2015 - 11:03pm  |  Updated: May 13, 2015 - 1:11am
Augusta Prep's Thomas Suh. Photo by Jim Blaylock  Augusta Prep's Thomas Suh. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Augusta Prep's Thomas Suh. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Augusta Prep's Thomas Suh. Photo by Jim Blaylock

 

Before they hit the field Friday for the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state boys soccer semifinal, Augusta Prep senior Thomas Suh already viewed the season positively.

“It was a successful season,” Suh said. “Two years ago when we were in the semis, it was more of the current seniors relying on the previous seniors. Just knowing that we’ve been able to step that up and take that role and see that we’ve managed to get this far has been satisfying.”

The Cavaliers (7-6) would lose to eventual two-time defending state champion Westminster, 2-0.

That the Cavaliers, a No. 4 seed heading into the tournament, advanced that far was in part thanks to Suh’s determination in the opener against No. 1 seed Trinity-Sharpsburg.

“We got a cross and Thomas got up and scored the first goal,” said coach Bryan Foley, adding that Trinity-Sharpsburg then rallied to take a 2-1 lead. “A lot of the guys started to fall apart but right before halftime, Thomas, from center-midfield, put forth the extra effort. He chased a ball all the way down into the corner, dispossessed their outside back, which is really hard work, then toe-poked it across the box to our attacker, Joe (Abdelsayed), who put it in the net.”

The momentum-swinger just before halftime would help propel the Cavaliers to a 5-2 win.

Foley played Suh between center-mid and left-mid throughout the season and while he liked being on the field, Suh had a favorite position.

“Preferably I like to play center-mid, you see more of the ball,” said Suh, who has been playing soccer since seventh grade. “I can be more involved in the action and the plays.”

No matter the position, Suh uses the same style.

“I try to be as tactical as I can,” Suh said. “Whenever the ball comes close, I try to pressure hard. If there’s no (teammate) around I’ll try to be the one who wins the ball, be aggressive. A lot of it is instinct, you just have to react.”

After this year, the family name will remain at Augusta Prep because Suh played with his sophomore brother, Isaac.

“It’s a very nice experience,” said Suh. “It brings about a sort of rivalry because we’re brothers.”

Suh played his last varsity game Friday as he’ll be heading to Georgia Tech in the fall to pursue a degree in engineering.

Just finding out you’re accepted at Tech is a process unto itself.

“Before the actual decision comes out, they e-mail all the candidates and you’re given a user name and a pass code,” said Suh. “You log-in to that Web site and as soon as you do there’s going to be a big screen that tells you congratulations or sorry and unable to offer you admission. Georgia Tech has been my first choice – I pretty much flipped out when I saw it.”

Club soccer may be in his future. “I don’t want to just stop playing,” he said.

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