Collegian Column On Veteran Leadership Of Chris Piekos - UMass Athletics

Collegian Column On Veteran Leadership Of Chris Piekos

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Adam Miller of the Daily Collegian has a nice column on the veteran leadership provided to the men's soccer team by goalkeeper Chris Piekos.

Goalkeeper Chris Piekos is not your average senior. You only need to look at his age - 26 years old - to figure that out.

To put that in perspective, when the keeper graduated high school, midfielder Stuart Amick - also a senior - just graduated junior high.

While he is significantly older than any of his teammates, Piekos isn't playing for the Massachusetts men's soccer team at his age because of academic problems, but because of his willingness to serve for his country.

After his freshman year at Rivier College, Piekos served two deployments over four years in Iraq and received a Bronze Star. Needless to say, his background is a little off the beaten trail for a soccer player.

Piekos's maturity leads Minutemen

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