Becker wins award

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Mount Si junior Eddie Becker was recently honored by the Emerald City FC Soccer Association with its Golden Boot award, which recognizes the male athlete of the year for U15 through U18 players.

Becker, a varsity goalkeeper for Mount Si High School, began playing recreational soccer in the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association in 1994 while in the third grade. His parents admit that he has always wanted to be a goalkeeper.

When the time came to move up, the majority of his team, including Becker, moved to the Cascade level in 1999. In their first year at the new level, they tied for first in their division. Then in 2001, his opportunity came when watching a U17 Emerald City team play. The team was short of players and asked Becker to guest play for it. He threw on a uniform, marched onto the field - not into the goal - and proceeded to score a goal. The coaches of the team were so impressed they asked him to show up the next day and play at goalkeeper, and by the end of the game asked him to join the team.

Becker immediately moved up to the top level in the state premier and has been playing there ever since. There are only eight teams in the state at the premier level, but Becker is accompanied by another Mount Si player in Drew Arenth, who plays at U18.

Becker was nominated by his coach, Bernardo Ruiz, because of his willingness to be coached, his athletic ability, his personality and his sportsmanship. He will be playing for Mount Si as goalkeeper on the varsity team this year as a junior, and hopes to someday play soccer at the collegiate level.

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