Carver on rehab: “It’s going well” (Soccer)
A month after experiencing a serious scare in a spring exhibition match Soldotna soccer star Blaine Carver is recovering from knee surgery, confident he will be ready this fall for his sophomore season at Seattle Pacific University.
“My rehab is going well,” he told me. “The SPU athletic trainer is doing a really great job in making sure my leg stays strong. I tore the meniscus in my other knee last year and the recovery for that was a little bit quicker, so I’m just trying to stay patient with this knee.”
Carver is the reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and one of the biggest names in Alaska soccer.
Still, he didn’t know what to expect as a college rookie.
“To be honest I thought it would be more of a transitional year, with me trying to get used to the speed of the college game,” he said. “After playing competitively in practice day in and day out, though, you get used to it quicker than you think. I knew I had talent and I knew I could help the team, but I was sure to what degree.”
Try eight goals, the most by a SPU freshman since 1999.
He netted three goals in one match against the University of Mary, but his highlight was scoring a goal in a 4-0 win over nationally ranked Simon Fraser.
Carver has even put in a dent in the stupid stereotype that Alaskans can’t hang on the pitch.
“The other day my teammate was telling me about his first impression of all of the freshmen, and he admitted that when he heard I was from Alaska he figured I wouldn’t really help the team for a couple years,” he said, like he’s heard it before. “Alaska is still trying to prove that we can play the beautiful game at a high level.
“We’ve had success at the ODP and club level, but the most difficult part of being from Alaska is trying to gain exposure. I think if our younger players can get more exposure to a high level of soccer we’ll have no trouble producing good players.”