May 19, 2011
The Western Albemarle boys soccer team is celebrating a Jefferson District regular season championship and a big part of that is goalkeeper Kai Shin. He's the last line of defense between the opponent and a goal, and he loves that role.
"I like being in the position where when you're in the game, everything hinges on you," Shin says. "You don't do much for most of the game, but when you do stuff it's really important."
Shin is the reigning Jefferson District Goalie of the Year and has posted eleven shutouts in 17 games, including six straight.
The senior's talents don't stop on the soccer field, however. Shin is a 4.0 student in the classroom and also has a black belt in judo. He feels that those accomplishments help translate to success while tending the net.
"You learn not to rely on anybody else," he adds. "You're out there by yourself and it's much the same thing in soccer for me. I go one-on-one all the time and if I fail there's nothing between them and a goal."