Announcements and Important Events
By Charlotte Cambrie—
Seven Hills senior Scott Williams, a member of the varsity soccer team, recently committed to University of Virginia (UVA) to play soccer and continue his academic career.
Williams said he started playing soccer at the age of 3 on YMCA and school teams until he joined club soccer at the age of 11. He said he has fallen in love with the sport and followed it wherever it took him. When asked why he decided on UVA, his top choice, Williams said he has always been surrounded by people who went to UVA, and he has rooted for their sports teams since he was little.
Williams said he attended many soccer camps at elite institutions such as University of North Carolina and UVA in order to attract attention from colleges. He said UVA showed interest and scouted him around mid-July, which is around the time Williams committed to the university.
Williams said he emailed college coaches since sophomore year to get himself known; his friends said they used to wonder why he would send email after email during his free blocks.
“Scott is very committed to improving as a soccer player. He is a student of the game and has a good understanding of both the technical and tactical aspects of soccer. He has worked very hard over many years to get where he is now,” said Nick Francis, one of Williams’ soccer coaches and the Director of Experiential Learning at Seven Hills. “He is always focused during practice, giving 100% and expecting the same from his teammates, and in this way, he lifts the level of those around him.”
Francis said Williams has matured over the years, especially in terms of emotional control during games. “I know exactly what he’s talking about,” said Williams with a chuckle.
After more than a decade of playing soccer, Williams said he is still in love with the game. He said he plans to keep playing soccer even after college, and he recently joined a career academy to which he drives two hours each day. Offering advice to younger students, Williams said, “You are going to get out of it what you put into it, and that goes for anything. If you really want to pursue it, then you are going be successful. It really matters how hard you work.”