Tristan Powers is one of the all-time leaders of goal scoring at Big Sky high school, and is one of the main reasons the team saw a lot of success last year. But for as much talent as he has, coaches like to talk about his work ethic.
"He's put the hours in, and in order to be a good player you have to do that. You've got to get as many games under your belt as possible and that's what he's done, so now he can reap the rewards of being in a new program," says Carroll soccer head coach Doug Mello.
"Tristan is a spectacular leader, and I think one of the things I admire most about him is every time I'd give him coaching advice, I saw someone who had been through so many coaches, and so many experiences, that he was willing to listen to any and all coaches," adds his high school coach Jay Bostrom of Big Sky High in Missoula.
After his high school season, Tristan decided to forego a year of 'club' soccer to prepare for his next soccer journey playing at the newly formed Carroll College men's soccer team.
"I just wanted to take more time to better my body and be better physically for college, because I know not everything is technical, you have to have a good physical foundation to be able to be considered the best in any sport," says Powers, who expects to play forward for the Saints.
Carroll, known as a tough academic school is something Tristan's high school coach is confident the striker will succeed in.
"One of the reasons I expect Tristan to succeed in the college level has a lot to do with the work ethic I mentioned in soccer. I don't think academics come easy to Tristan, I think he's more of a work-horse, I think he's the guy who has to put the time in. He's done that, he did it at Big Sky, and he'll get to Carroll and have to put time in the classroom and out of the classroom, and Tristan is probably the right guy to get that done," says Bostrom.
Work ethic certainly isn't an issue with Tristan. He's so committed to be ready for his first collegiate soccer game, that he's moving down to Texas for a good portion of the summer.
"My cousin in Texas owns a gym and he's trained several professional athletes for football, so I think he can really help benefit my body physically, and while I'm there I'll be able to practice soccer with a guy who plays on the Navy squad who travels internationally," explains Powers.