Soccer Standout Tyler Paradis Chooses HSE over Elite Soccer Team
After being approached by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA), an elite club recruitment team, senior Tyler Paradis had to make a decision. Either he had to stay with the team that he had spent his entire high school career with or follow in the footsteps of previous Royals and try out for the DA.
“The thing about the DA is that they play nationally. If you play for them, you can’t play high school,” said Paradis. “If I went to the DA, it would probably be better for colleges to see you, but I said no. I want to stay with my teammates for my senior year.”
While not an official member of the varsity team during his freshman year, Paradis has played during varsity games all four years of high school. Going into his senior year, he brings years of experience and skill to the team.
“I have been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. I picked it up from my cousins who played,” said Paradis. “The best part about soccer is the competitiveness. It is constant. There are not any breaks, so you have to go all the way.”
Paradis has been playing with some members of his team since he began the sport through club soccer. He uses the friendships he has built with his team to improve their performance.
“Knowing my teammates so well definitely helps,” said Paradis. “On the soccer field, you definitely need a lot of chemistry because you rely on them a lot. It is definitely a team sport, so staying with them definitely influenced my decision.”
Going into the 2015 season, Paradis has high hopes that the team will win the state title.
“This year is going to be good. I think we are going to go far. We definitely have a chance at winning state,” said Paradis. “It’s not going to be easy, but I think we can do it.”