Sanders scores first goal off assist from fellow Alaskan

September 12, 2015

Brady Sanders soccer

Brady Sanders

As a freshman in high school, Chugiak’s Brady Sanders looked up to Zak Naylor of Anchorage on the soccer field.

They are now playing together at Concordia University.

And Naylor played a role in helping Sanders score his first college goal.

The sophomore forward found the net in the 34th minute off an assist from Naylor in what proved to be the game winner in a 3-1 win over Linfield College in Portland, Oregon.

“He laid if off perfectly, and I knew if I got it on frame and kept it low, it would probably go in,” Sanders told me.

“It started as the ball came into me from a back play on the right wing, I dummied it, or let it run through my legs, and Zak ran onto it while I made my own run inside.”

Sanders, of Chugiak High fame, started four of 14 games as a freshman and recorded an assist while also logging a ton of playing time.

Still, there was something about playing Linfield that made him confident about breaking his scoreless streak.

“I had told one of my good friends on the team that I was going to score this game,” Sanders said. “And when I scored, the feeling was incredible … my teammates worked hard in the build-up of that play and the final finish.”

Zac Naylor SoccerNaylor, of South High fame, is the team’s returning leading scorer. The senior striker has scored six goals in 21 games for Concordia and 24 goals for his college career.

“I came into Concordia and thought, ‘Wow I can’t believe I am playing on the same team as Zak Naylor,’” Sanders said. “With the help of the coaching staff and the high standards that they hold me to and the environment of so many good hard-working players, I have gotten so much better.

“Now I play on the opposite wing as Zak and working alongside the player who I admired and was inspired by while I was a freshman in high school.”