River Hill forward Jake Turney commits to UNC-Wilmington

October 14, 2013

River Hill star Jake Turney committed to play soccer at UNC-Wilmington on Sunday, less than a day after he had completed his official visit to the school’s campus.

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In reality, Turney had long thought to commit to UNC-Wilmington prior to this weekend. He helped a friend, former Reservoir star Colin Bonner, take his official visit to the school last spring and knew it was the place he wanted to be as well. But he took visits to Bucknell, Longwood, Loyola, Roanoke University, and nearly went on another other to Winthrop.

“Pretty good day,” Turney said of committing Sunday. “UNC-W was definitely still my number one choice. I just wanted to make sure the official visit went well, and it did.”

Turney has carried two goals with him since beginning his high school soccer career as a freshman. He wanted to make the team at River Hill as a ninth grader, and he wanted a college scholarship. Sunday marked the completion of his prep aspirations, at least personally. River Hill is 11-1 with just two regular season matches remaining, and should be a contender when the Maryland 3A state playoffs begin in a couple weeks.

“That’s one of the scariest things about it,” Turney said. “If we lose in the playoffs, we’re done, high school is over. We’re looking good but we want to peak in the playoffs, hopefully go all the way and win state.”

In Turney, UNC-Wilmington is adding a player who coach Matthew Shagogue calls “easily one of the hardest workers” he’s had. Turney has six goals and six assists this season for eighth-ranked River Hill, which has won nine straight matches, three of which have come in overtime. Turney has been a pivotal part of that success, said Shagogue, because he is always in control of his body, and can play anywhere on the field.

“He’s strong running at players, strong playing his back to the goal. He’s 5-11, he’s very good in the air. He can be a target forward or turn and run at defenders, either at the flank or up top,” Shagogue said. “He’s kind of the target of everybody, every game.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 276

The number of yards Potomac School’s Jalen Broome rushed for in a 38-14 win over Maret on Saturday, pushing his season total to 1,390 yards this fall. He also has 16 touchdowns, including two against the Frogs.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– South County needed a last second pass-breakup, but found a way to keep rolling Saturday in a shootout win over T.C. Williams.

– Homecoming festivities were in full swing across the area this weekend, including at Rockville, which went heavy on Americana before Friday’s football game.

– Here’s a complete list of the top rushers, passers and receivers from Friday night football around the area.

– In case you missed it Friday: a nice story about Patuxent running back Rafiq Douglas, who is thriving on community support following the loss of his parents. His team also won a muddy slugfest Friday over rival Huntingtown.

PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND

FIRST AND 17: Episode 7 – The best and the rest

WHAT TO WATCH

Football: Tuscarora at Broad Run, 6:30 p.m.

After the game was postponed Friday night, these rivals waited all weekend for the rain to stop. Fresh off two straight wins in which it has beaten opponents 83-21, Tuscarora (6-0) looks to stay undefeated against Broad Run (4-1) which has scored 40 points or more in four games this season. After leading Broad Run to consecutive undefeated state championship seasons in 2008-09, Huskies Coach Mike Burnett returns to face his former team for the first time.

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