Having to keep on his toes crunching numbers towards a math degree, Ethan Allen didn’t want to spend precious time sitting on the bench.
Allen, a 19-year-old Corner Brook native who played for the west coast entry in the Challenge Cup men’s soccer league this past summer, decided to give up playing for the Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s varsity soccer team this year because he wasn’t going to see a lot of time on the field in his sophomore campaign in the Atlantic University Sport.
“I talked to the coach basically and he told me I wasn’t likely to play very much so I just figured it wasn’t worth practicing every day.”
He was somewhat disappointed that he wasn’t going to be back on the field of play again, but it’s not like he’s not going to play a game he loves any more so he’s going to live with it and use his time wisely working on obtaining his degree.
He plans on keeping in touch with soccer by training year-round to ensure he’s fit to play with the western side in Challenge Cup play, but admits he missed being around the guys and the competitive environment that comes with varsity sports.
“Yeah I miss it, but again at the same time I have more time for school work and stuff now which is obviously important,” he said.