Thomas Knerr is unassuming. He's quiet and polite. Even when he suits up for the Augusta Prep soccer team, he doesn't yell or draw attention to himself.
Augusta Prep soccer player Thomas Knerr is in the Athlete Spotlight.
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But Knerr is one of the top players in the Georgia Independent Schools Association.
With 25 goals scored last season, Knerr was among the state's leaders. In three games this year, he already has seven.
Knerr, one of three team captains, was named to the all-state team after the 2004 season, which ended with a loss to Stratford in the second round of the state playoffs.
"He's quicker and stronger this year," coach Doug Williamson said. "His first touch is better. He is very creative within the system of play. He is amazing without the ball and always is where he needs to be."
Knerr, who couldn't be reached for comment because he is on a school trip, was elected unanimously as a captain by his teammates, which Williamson said is rare.
"He's very modest, but he is comfortable with the ball," the coach said. "He doesn't mind sharing responsibility or positive publicity. His teammates really respect him, and he's likeable."
Knerr's leadership could be key as Augusta Prep tries to make a deep run into the playoffs this fall.
"Our goal is to make the final four for the seniors," Williamson said. "That is something we think we can do. I don't think Prep has made it to the final four since 1999 or 2000."
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