West Jessamine’s Cliff Evans is heading to Asbury University in the fall. The senior signed a letter of intent to play soccer for for the Eagles on April 13.
“It felt really right going into the program because I’ve played under the coaches before and I loved the team because I’ve played with a lot of them in the past,” Evans said. Even some of the players Evans hasn’t plated with he’s at least competed against before.
“I’m really excited to get back in that group,” he said. “It’ll be awesome because so much of soccer is just actually knowing how your teammates play, and since I’ve played with them in the past, I know what their next step is.”
Evans also loves the style Asbury plays under coach Ben Andrews.
Early on, Evans had reservations about staying so close to home, but those have dissipated as he realized how close knit of a community Asbury is — even inside of Wilmore.
“I thought I was going to want to get away from home, but I’m actually kind of really excited to stay close to home,” he said. “Asbury really is its own little world on that campus, and I didn’t really realize that until I stayed there. I get to be exposed to a whole new community inside the town I’ve lived in my whole life.”
Evans has always had his eye on playing soccer at the college level, but it was this past season on the direction of coach Brock Sutherland that the opportunity really began to take off.
“This year was awesome because I got to play under Brock Sutherland,” Evans said. “He’s played at the college level and knows how to prepare us ... He was just working us really hard because he knew a lot of us wanted to play in college.”
He plans on studying worship arts.
Evans was part of a Colts team that went 9-8-1 this past spring. Asbury went 14-6-2.