Nick Kenner was not happy at the start of the high school soccer season when St. Francis de Sales lost 3-1 to St. John's Jesuit.
"He just sat in his locker for twenty, thirty minutes after the game was even over and guys were gone," St. Francis de Sales head coach Francis Stephens said. "The one thing I told him was that you're going to get another chance at these guys and it's all about how you rise to the occasion."
Kenner was young and inexperienced as the Knights goalkeeper back in September. But that all changed during the run St. Francis de Sales had to the district championship against that same team of Titans.
"The whole team went into every game confident," Kenner said. "We just knew that if we were to do what we wanted, we could get the job done."
Kenner had a number of saves as the Knights won the district title in overtime.
"The atmosphere, you get so much energy from the crowd," Kenner said. "From your teammates. It feels great when you can just make a great save and the crowd goes wild.
During this tournament run, Kenner gave up four goals with 17 saves and two shutouts.
"Nick is the reason why were at Lake High School last week and playing in the regionals because he had to make some incredible saves," Stephens said. "Some saves to be fair could have blew that game wide open either way. He's definitely a kid that kept us in the game and really to be fair kept us in a lot of games through the whole playoff run."