Colnot commits to Queens
Thomas Jefferson midfielder Alain Colnot has signed to play collegiate soccer at Queens University in Charlotte.
“I’m excited to play soccer in college,” Colnot said. “It’s something I’ve been working toward my whole life. My parents tell me that I could kick a ball before I could walk and I’ve been playing since I was three. I guess you could say it has always been a dream.”
The work has paid off for Colnot. The 2012 Daily Courier Player of the Year followed with a senior season that was equally impressive. In 20 games this season, he garnered 19 goals and 29 assists, leading the Gryphons to a 19-2 record a regular season conference title and the Western Regional semi-finals of the NCHSAA playoffs.
“What makes Alain such a special player is that he is so technically sound,” said TJCA head coach Brian Espinoza. That’s his biggest asset. He is also very physical, despite his size and I think he will fit very well into Queens’ style of play. He will blossom under their system.”
That style of play along with other factors is what drew Colnot to Queens, a Division II school that finished 2013 ranked 10th in the nation.
“They have a wonderful, top-notch program,” Colnot said. “Plus I wanted to go to a small college in a big city it was a perfect fit. They also have some travel abroad programs that I’m interested in. I eventually want to do an internship with an EPL (English Premier League) club.”
Colnot has goals on the pitch as well.
“I know it’s hard for freshman to start but I want to start at least two matches my first year, probably at outside back or outside mid (field). And he has the talent to do it too,” added Espinoza. “He will have to work hard but he will see some playing time.”
Colnot took some time to reflect on his career at Thomas Jefferson.
“It’s been a great four years here,” Colnot said. “I can’t begin to tell you how much coach Bullet (Espinoza) has meant to me. My teammates have been the best. They really helped me and deserve a lot of the credit for where I’m at today. I’ll never forget my time here.”