High school boys soccer: 2013 Deseret News MVPs made sacrifices for their teams

Published: Monday, June 10 2013 4:25 p.m. MDT

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About the time Powell entered high school, he decided he was going to give up drinking soda; it was slowing him down on the soccer field.

“Since he was young,” Wasatch coach Dawain Wheatley said, “he decided he was going to constantly improve. He has always been self-motivated.”

In return for his constant work, Powell has found success in every venture he has taken on.

During his four years on the team, the Wasps won four consecutive region championships and two state titles, including doing so this season with a perfect 20-0-0 record. Powell, a forward, was the second-leading scorer in the state with 28 goals, totaling 54 for his career.

Away from the field, Powell took Advanced Placement and college-level courses and, with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earned co-valedictorian honors.

“The National Federation of High Schools has the slogan, ‘student first, athlete second.’ He is a prime example of that,” Wheatley said.

“When you look at him, and if you visit with him, he is almost like a loveable teddy bear of a kid,” the coach continued. “But when you put him in a competitive environment — in the classroom, on the field — he is like a bulldog. He gets after it.”

In addition to hard work, Wheatley credits Powell for setting himself up for success.

“He always puts himself in the right position at the right time,” he said. “And he surrounds himself with good people.”

Powell is planning to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then extend his soccer career at Dixie State College. Those are two more roles Wheatley feels his captain will find success in.

“He helps people around him to be better.”
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