Goaltenders usually defer credit to their defenders after pitching a shutout, and Indian Creek senior Aaron Bolton will have to credit fellow senior Kyle Lieving with an assist after signing to play soccer at Kishwaukee College on Tuesday.
Lieving received emails from Kishwaukee’s coaching staff, inviting him to the Kougars’ open gyms this winter. But the coaches also wanted him to bring Bolton along. The two teammates went and Bolton felt an instant connection with the staff.
“I really liked the coach and he understood where I was coming from with what I want to do with my future,” Bolton said. “He said he was looking for character and good solid players on the team.”
Bolton has been Indian Creek’s starting goaltender since he was a freshman. He was named to the Little Ten all-conference each of the past two seasons and was a Daily Chronicle all-area second-team selection as a senior. He was an honorable mention all-area pick as a junior.
Bolton said he also had offers from Aurora University, Dubuque (Iowa) and Northland College (Wisc.), but said his familiarity with the players was also a big positive at Kishwaukee.
“A couple of them are actually from the Little Ten,” Bolton said. “As soon as I walked in I knew them and they knew me. We just started clicking and playing really well together.”
Bolton plans to study fire science at Kishwaukee and is hoping to transfer and also major in business.
But for now he’s focused on getting Lieving to sign on with Kishwaukee as well.
“I’m pushing him,” Bolton said.