Park City soccer player commits to DII powerhouse
January 11, 2013
Garrett Bullough, a senior at Park City High School, could have gone to a Division I school to continue his soccer career.
However, the attacking midfielder and outside back chose a different route, picking a powerhouse Division II school.
After graduation, Bullough will head to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he’ll attempt to make an impact right away.
"My goal is to play my freshman year," he said. "That college has a tendency to redshirt players, so I just want to come out and show them what I’ve got."
Playing for the Skyhawks will be easier said than done, though. Fort Lewis has won three DII men’s soccer national championships since 2005, most recently after the 2011 season.
"They’re a powerhouse program," Bullough said. "I’ve always dreamed about lifting that college trophy, and their program is just as prestigious as any DI program."
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But, Bullough said, he’s trying not to get ahead of himself. He wants to make sure he has a memorable senior season at PCHS both on the pitch and in the classroom.
After a disappointing loss in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Bullough said he wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
"My biggest goal is to win a state championship my senior year," he said. "I would love that."
He added that, based on team workouts this offseason, this year’s squad has a decent chance.
"This team is young and we look better than I have seen in my four years," he said. "When the season comes and we get rolling and develop some chemistry, I think we can be scary."
Bullough certainly has the experience needed to lead this year’s Miner team. He’s played for several elite teams, including the Utah Olympic Development Program and Juventus, a premier-level club team based out of Logan.
He said his time with Juventus was an experience that he’ll always remember.
"They just loved to play soccer," he said. "I’ve been on many teams, but not like that. It was incredible."
He said that, in contrast to how hard other premier-level clubs pushed their players, Juventus stressed having fun.
"We didn’t have practices every day, and when we did practice, we just played," he said. "It was a bunch of players in Logan that just loved to play soccer."
He hopes to carry that passion with him both athletically and academically through high school and into college, where he’ll study chemistry.
"I’ve always been interested in science since I was a little tiny kid," he said. "It’s hard, but it’s rewarding as well."
If he needs help, he knows he’ll be able to get it, saying that the Fort Lewis team felt like a family on his campus visit.
"On my official visit, I stayed with a couple players in the dorms," he said. "It was really a team. Even though I was a recruit and not part of the team, I felt like a part of the team. And the coaches really care about the students that go there, past athletics and into academics."