Wilson is NWAACC’s shutout king (Soccer)
With 11 shutouts in 19 games this season, Jared Wilson of Anchorage isn’t just the top goalkeeper in the NWAACC.
He’s one of the best in the U.S.
The sophomore at Peninsula College is the backbone of the defense for the league’s No. 1 team and a major reason why the Pirates are unbeaten at 17-0-2 entering the playoffs.
“Of course my defense has me helped a lot. They are super solid,” Wilson told me.
The 6-foot-2 keeper anchors a group of players that returned from last year’s NWAAC championship squad. He started in goal and recorded 7 shutouts.
That winning experience has made him even better this season, his final year in junior college. He has high expectations and wants to go out on top.
His willingness to challenge himself includes taking on talented teammate Miguel Gonzales as much as possible. Who is Gonzales? He’s the guy with 31 goals this year.
“I face the league’s top goal scorer every day in practice,” Wilson said. “I get probably the best shots on me in the entire league, so it makes me better just practicing with him.”
Wilson, of East High fame, believes he’s even in the matchup.
“When it comes to one on ones, I think we go 50-50,” he said with a laugh. “Every time we get a chance I try to go against him because it does make it a lot more fun. It just makes it better competition.
“We are friends. So we give each other crap and stuff like when he scores or when I stop him. It’s a lot of fun and it makes it more competition because we’re friends and so we keep each other going.”
Wilson is among a handful of Alaskans playing men’s soccer at Peninsula College. The others are Chugiak’s Tyler Hindmarch, Soldotna’s Jeff Mullen and Anchorage’s Anthony Aguilar and Michel Carbon.