Lisby signs with Greenville

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By Laura Clark

Rockets soccer player John Lisby signed a letter-of-intent Monday to play for Greenville College.

Lisby was recruited to play center midfield. He said he expects to make a contribution to the Greenville team immediately.

Coach Brian McMahon said Greenville, a private, faith-based school in Illinois, near St. Louis, had since 2002 built a 95-45 record, competed in several NAIA Division III championships and sent several athletes to the professional level.

“Instead of rebuilding, we just kind of reload,” McMahon said. “I think John will fit right in.”

Lisby said his role as a centermidfielder is less about being a playmaker and more about setting the tempo and taking control of the game.

He thanked middle school coach Leigh Bailey and high school coach B.J. Andriot for “maturing” him.

“He’s a phenomenal player, a phenomenal athlete,” Andriot said. “Soccer’s a means to an end [a diploma].”

Lisby said he chose Greenville for its reputation in academics and soccer.

“And I like the small environment,” he said.