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Collins senior Chris Shuck was a standout on the boys’ soccer team this past season and for the past couple of years.
Shuck, a defender with a booming left foot, was a second-team – he should’ve been first team – all-state selection by the Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association as a senior after earning honorable mention honors as a junior. This past season he scored six goals and dished out three assists for the Titans, who went 15-4-2, allowed less than one goal per match and won their second consecutive 30th District title before falling to North Oldham in penalty kicks in the 8th Region Tournament semifinals.
Then over Christmas break Shuck and his U18/19 River City Rovers Academy team rallied from a 2-goal deficit in the last 12 minutes of regulation for a 3-2 victory over SAA Real Madrid (Fla.) in the Black Division final of the Men’s U18 Championship at the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Fla.
The last of the soccer-playing Shuck brothers – Bradley was a standout at Shelby County before playing at Belmont University, and Brandon was a standout at Shelby and Collins and now plays collegiate at Bellarmine University – Chris Shuck, a solid student (he has a 3.7 grade-point average) who is often mistaken for his older brothers, will continue his career in the fall at the University of Evansville.
Earlier this week Shuck took a few minutes to answer 10 questions (some random, some not) posed by Sentinel-News sports reporter Josh Cook. Here are the questions and Shuck’s answers.
JC: What was the highlight of your career at Collins?
CS:“Probably beating [then-No. 1] St. X [this past season].”
JC: What was the most memorable goal of your high school career?
CS:“The one I scored against Male [this past season], the volley I had from outside the eighteen.”
JC: Why did you pick Evansville?
CS:“I chose Evansville because of the way they play and how they move the ball around. It reminds me more of how we play with the Rovers.”
JC: What are you going to study at Evansville?
CS:“I think business management.”
JC: I saw you recently Tweeted that you’re looking forward to watching the World Cup this summer, so who’s going to win it?
CS:“I’m probably going to say Spain again.”
JC: Will the United States make the medal round?
CS:“They’re in the Death Group with Portugal and Germany, they have a chance, but they probably won’t.”
JC: Give me a guess as to when the U.S. will finally win the World Cup?
CS:“Two thousand twenty-two [in Qatar].”
JC: What’s your second-favorite sport?
JC: You made a 20-yard field goal at halftime of the Class AAAA state football final (in which Collins beat Fort Thomas Highlands, 37-34, on Dec. 7), and it looked like it would’ve been good from 40. What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever made?
CS:“Fifty-five [yards]. We were just joking around at practice one day just kicking football.”
JC: Who is the best soccer-playing Shuck?
CS:“That’s a tough one. Probably Bradley, because he’s calm with the ball, and he makes smart choices.”