Mount Si Wildcats senior boys soccer player Drew Harris made a decision that sent shockwaves throughout the Snoqualmie/North Bend community.
Harris, who played for the Seattle Sounders Academy the past two seasons, decided to play his senior season with the Wildcats varsity soccer program. As a freshman during the 2016 season, Harris had a team-high 11 assists and added seven goals. Harris will start at right forward for the Wildcats during the 2019 soccer season.
“In April of 2018 I had hip surgery. As I was getting back into it (soccer), it kind of made realize was what I really wanted for my last year of ever playing soccer was to play with the guys I have known forever. I have known most of the guys on this team since elementary school,” Harris said. “I appreciate everything the Sounders did for me. They’re a professional organization and they helped me get back on my feet after my injury.”
Harris said when he informed Mount Si Wildcats boys soccer head coach Darren Brown he would be returning for his senior season that Brown thought he was joking.
“He didn’t believe me at first,” Harris said of Brown. “When he knew I was serious, he was pumped. Eventually I told everyone else and they were pumped. Even though I haven’t played with these guys for a few years, I have known them a long time and have kept those close connections. We are a really tightly bound group. I’m excited to be back.”
Harris, who has lived in Fall City his entire life, believes the Wildcats have an opportunity to put together a special season on the soccer pitch.
“With the amount of talent we have out here, I think the expectation is that we go deep into the playoffs and get past that first round of the state playoffs,” Harris said. “I’m really excited about this team and the talent we have.”
Harris plays the position of a forward with a proverbial chip on his shoulder.
“You got to have a mindset where it’s between confidence and arrogance. That has served me well in the past,” he said.
Recently the Snoqualmie Valley Record had an opportunity to ask Harris some questions about his life away from the soccer field.
Snoqualmie Valley Record: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Drew Harris: I have to go with “Star Wars.” That is what it has been since I was a little boy.
SVR: How many text messages do you send per day?
DH: A good 50 or so.
SVR: What is your dream vacation spot?
SVR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
DH: My girlfriend (Kenzie Smith).
SVR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
DH: I’m a pretty big fan of the TV shows “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” I also like to play badminton.