Covenant's Gaffney Makes Switch to Soccer

Covenant's Drew Gaffney played three years on the school's football team, but after a concussion in a summer lacrosse tournament, the St. Joe's lacrosse commit decided to try something different.

"I felt more of a calling to soccer my senior year, just wanted to change things up," Drew said. "My dad was a big time soccer player growing up, he played at uva and so I knew it would make him happy and you know, it was just where I wanted to be."

Drew's father, Jeff Gaffney, played for Virginia as a striker from 1982-1985. His jersey number (14 -- the number Drew now wears at Covenant) is the only number retired from the Cavaliers' men's soccer program and he is still the program's all-time leading scorer and second in all-time points.

"I told him as a dad, I can either just sit in the stands and eat popcorn and cheer you on or if you want me to train you a little bit, I'm happy to do that," Jeff said. "So, we're sort of doing the middle ground there, a little bit of both."

That fatherly partial coaching has helped ease the transition, just as Drew's time spent training with teammates outside of practice has.

But the high school senior's athleticism has been the most beneficial to his reinstatement on the soccer field.

"My dad retaught me how to shoot the ball," Drew said. "Just doing that and really just getting your touch back, that's the main thing. Just playing in games, scrimmages, it all just kinda comes back to you naturally."

"Drew's a very good finisher in both lacrosse and soccer, he's always been a player who knows how to score goals," Jeff said. "And it's starting to come back, I think the rust is starting to wear off for him."

Just as the similarity in scoring position will aid Drew in his lacrosse game, he's looking forward to the benefit in his endurance from the constant style of play this fall.

"This definitely will help my cardio heading into lacrosse which is definitely a huge factor in that great game," he said.


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