Jonathan Wilson doesn't quit.
Former Lakeside soccer player, Jonathan Wilson, kicks the ball downfield for Covenant College in a recent game. He is a Community Development major at the college. Wilson said he hopes to one day move back to Augusta to work in the inner city.
Ask anyone who knows him. Teammates, coaches, and even family members all share the same opinion of the former Lakeside soccer player.
"He never gives up," Lakeside soccer coach Dave Morgan said.
"I will always remember Jonathan saying, 'Come on fellas, let's go.'"
Wilson's never-give-up attitude paid off Aug. 27.
As a starting forward at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., Wilson scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Scots' first match of the season.
Wilson's goal, combined with his assist earlier in the game, gave Covenant a 2-1 win over the University of St. Francis.
The win was the first ever for Covenant's first-year head soccer coach John Miglarese.
"He played all but five minutes of the game including overtime," Miglarese said. "To have the composure to put in a penalty kick in overtime after all that is amazing."
The game-winner is just a sample of the success Wilson has had in his soccer career. Entering his senior year with the Scots, the forward is a respected leader on the team. He had four goals and four assists last season for his squad that went 14-4-2. He was also named an All-American Scholar Athlete by the NAIA.
Wilson's high school coach said he's not surprised to hear of the senior's success.
"Jonathan's always been a great leader," Morgan said. "Even when he was an underclassman he took on the leadership role. He would never let us give up on a game."
Wilson's diligence earned him a starting spot on the Lakeside varsity team his sophomore year. By his senior year, Wilson was named team captain.
In his four seasons with the Panthers, Wilson had 26 goals and 25 assists.
According to Wilson, his motivation comes from a higher source.
"I believe that when I play soccer, it's an act of worship to the Lord," he said. "It's what I do with the talents he's given me."
Wilson's talents aren't limited to the soccer field.
In his first three years at Covenant College, Wilson said his academic training has been helpful. An internship in Houston this past summer gave him a first-hand look at low-income housing in the inner city. As a Community Development major, Wilson said he wants to bring what he's learned back to his home town.
"I'd love to move back to Augusta and work in the inner city and help the poor," he said. "I realize I've been given a whole lot to help others who are a lot less fortunate."
Before he returns, the senior still has a full collegiate soccer season in front of him. With aspirations for a return trip to the NAIA National Tournament, Wilson said his soccer career still has a long way to go before he's finished.
"I actually talked to a guy this summer to try out for the Chicago Storm," he said. "There's definitely still an inkling for that."
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