Athlete of the Week: Kyle Olinger

Olinger keys CCHS soccer success

Editor’s note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will recognize an â??Athlete of the Weekâ? from one of the sports. This week we are featuring boys soccer. At the end of the year, the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as â??Athlete of the Yearâ? at their respective schools.

Last week, Culpeperâ??s boys soccer team earned the No. 2 seed for this weekâ??s Conference 27 tournament with a 6-0 win over visiting James Monroe to end the regular-season at Broman Field.

Senior forward and midfielder, Kyle Olinger is the Blue Devilsâ?? leading scorer this season. He tallied a pair of goals in the shutout victory over James Monroe. This season, Olinger has scored 14 goals, including a hat-trick. Anytime heâ??s on the field the Devils can usually score.

The Blue Devils (11-3 overall) earned a bye week before facing Manassas Park this Wednesday. The winner of that game advances to the regional tournament.

â??Itâ??s crazy, I canâ??t believe how fast these last few weeks have gone,â? said Olinger. â??This week itâ??s a win or go home situation. I want to keep playing as long as possible.â?

Olinger is nursing an untimely hand fracture from a travel team tournament held last weekend. Despite the knock, he feels optimistic about his health and the recent form of his team.

Soccer has always played an essential role in Olingerâ??s young life.

â??Iâ??ve been playing soccer as long as I can remember,â? said Olinger with a smile. â??This might be it for me as far as soccer goes, so I want to make the best of our playoff opportunity.â?

Culpeper head coach Sean Summerscales has plenty of praise for Olinger as a player.

â??Kyle is a senior and has been our leading scorer for most of the year,â? said Summerscales. â??We all trust him up top and heâ??s a very consistent player. We have a veteran team with 10 seniors, who have really played well together this season.

When asked to describe his own game, Olinger replied that itâ??s his speed and shooting ability that provides the edge over most defenses.

Prior to the Blue Devils final regular season game, the team honored its 10 seniors: Esteban Chavez, Thomas Foster, Tanyon Lee, Brent Malloy, Clay Metcalf, Erick Ponce, Cody Ruble, Billy Shaffer, August Walker and Olinger.

Following graduation next week, Olinger will attend Germanna College with the hope to eventually transfer to a four-year college.

â??Iâ??d like to attend Virginia Tech,â? added Olinger. â??Iâ??m going to miss soccer, the games and even the practices. Iâ??ve really enjoyed it over the years, especially with travel and varsity. I donâ??t want it all to end yet.â?