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Zach Druhe is one of four seniors on the Granite City boys’ soccer team this fall. Last year, he earned all-Southwestern Conference honors.
After the first month of the Granite City boys’ soccer season, senior Zach Druhe has been pretty versatile.
“Zach is everywhere for us,” Granite City coach Kenny Jackson said. “We have him at center back, center mid and up top. When you have a skill set like he does, you can do that. He’s a gifted kid and he’s got a good attitude. But there’s some room for improvement and it’s my job to try to draw it out of him to make him a better player, which ultimately makes our team a better team.”
Druhe is playing in his fourth season with the Granite City boys’ soccer team; all of them were on varsity.
“In my freshman year, it was a little scary,” Druhe said. “In my sophomore year, I knew what to expect. In my junior year, I took it by the horns a little bit and hopefully in my senior year, I’ll be able to keep it going.”
Druhe is one of only four seniors on the Granite City boys’ soccer team. The others are goalkeeper Ryan Houston, midfielder Clayton Jakul and defender Marc Prifti.
“Ryan hasn’t been playing keeper for that long, but he’s coming through and has played a big role for us,” Druhe said. “Marc has been a rock in the back for us all year so far and he’ll probably keep it up. Clayton is a workhorse. He’ll run you down everywhere.”
Druhe hopes to repeat on his successful junior season last fall, when he was one of four Granite City players named to the all-Southwestern Conference boys’ soccer team. He earned third-team honors and he’s the only returning Granite City all-conference selection this year.
“It was pretty big,” Druhe said. “My sophomore year was a little bigger, but my junior year, I kept it going. I felt pretty good. It was a big confidence booster coming into my senior year. I expected a little more.”
Druhe said he was looking forward to playing in his final season with the Granite City boys’ soccer team, which took an 0-7-3 record into the CYC Tournament this week. The Warriors were scheduled to play Oakville on Monday and St. Louis University High on Wednesday and have a match against Duchesne on Thursday.
“This summer, I’ve been working out and trying to put some more muscle on and gained 10 pounds and trying to work on everything and just improve on everything so I can give everything out this season to give for my team,” the Granite City senior said.
Druhe has one goal and three assists. He scored his only goal Aug. 29 against Rochester at Gene Baker Field.
Druhe said he doesn’t mind playing everywhere on the soccer field.
“Growing up, I played center back, but in my freshman year in high school, coach said if I’m going to get some varsity time in high school, I have to learn how to play the wing,” Druhe said. “So I had to play the wing and in my sophomore year, I’ve got plugged in center mid. In my junior year, I got moved around a little more and this year, coach said we needed help in the center back position and I said all right. We were defending too much, so he pushed me up.”
Druhe said he hopes to continue his soccer career in college next year.
“I’m not really looking to go really big, but I’m looking to play,” he said.
If Druhe plays in college next year, he’ll continue a soccer career that began when he was a little boy.
“It’s something to the heart,” Druhe said. “Lace up the boots, put on the cleats and go out and have fun.”