Big Sky's Powers Excited To Start College Career at Carroll
Montana has plenty of quality soccer players in the high school ranks, but often times, some of the best in the state don't pursue a collegiate career, mainly because the opportunities in state aren't many. But for former Big Sky forward Tristan Powers, he's getting that chance.
"Tristan is spectacularly fast, and I was wondering about the year, and who was the fastest soccer player in the state at the AA tournament, and if Tristan isn't the fastest, he's certainly up there. There's some fast kids across the state, but I think it will be fun to watch him play in Carroll, and if he continues to work on his body and maintain that speed, he'll be really hard to contain," says Big Sky head coach Jay Bostrom.
Powers enjoyed plenty of success at Big Sky…his team went to the state tournament multiple times, and he was their leading scorer…but despite his success, heading into the spring semester, he wasn't planning on playing collegiately…that all changed when he met with Carroll College coach Doug Mello.
"The coach caught me at the perfect time, I was skeptical about playing college soccer, and I didn't know, but then he came to a game during a tournament in Stevensville to talk with me and I thought it might be the perfect opportunity for me, because I didn't want to play D1, it didn't fit what I wanted to do for school, and I think the division I'll be in will be perfect," says Powers.
While Carroll has a history of being successful across all their athletics, there could be some challenges with men's soccer, as they'll play their first game ever this fall.
"Especially to be part of a new program, a part of the foundation for newer generation, and all that stuff (I'm excited) I'm glad I didn't have to give up soccer for another four years, so that makes me happy," says Powers.
Across the state, interest in Carroll as a new destination for high school players has picked up
"Some high expectations for Carroll, but maybe they are a bit unrealistic because he'll come in as a new coach, trying to build it out of nothing, but the story on coach Mello is he's very good at stating programs, and I'm looking forward to getting to my first Saints soccer games," adds Bostrom.
For Powers, he'll spend his summer training in Texas with a relative in preparation for his freshman campaign with the Saints…when he gets to Helena, he's looking forward to the community.
"I guess Carroll is just a small campus, I enjoyed being there, I like how you're able to be more of a community with having a small amount of people at the school instead of 20,000 or so kids and not knowing many of them there, so I think being part of 2,000 kids and knowing all of them is a way better opportunity to have," says Powers