For four years, Randy Anica has been a mainstay of the Community Viking soccer team. Anica has been a leading scorer on the Viking team both with his ability to find the back of the net and …
For four years, Randy Anica has been a mainstay of the Community Viking soccer team.
Anica has been a leading scorer on the Viking team both with his ability to find the back of the net and with his talent to find the open teammate with his adept passing.
Recently, Anica signed with the Bryan College Lions to continue his soccer career.
“It’s one of the best opportunities I could have,” Anica said in his choice of Bryan College.
The location of Bryan College was also an attraction to Anica.
“It was up in the mountains,” Anica said. “I liked the fields and the views.”
After the Vikings played only one game in 2020, Anica led the Vikings to the district championship game in each of the next three seasons including a narrow loss in the championship game this past season.
Anica will be playing for Coach Jeremy Davidson at Bryan College.
Most times a college coach will recruit a player based on what they see when the player is performing and when he comes for a visit to the campus.
In a strange twist, this was not the case for Davidson.
“I actually haven’t seen Randy play,” Davidson said.
“My assistant Felipe (Arias) had to be there when he came to visit since I was out of town at the time.”
“I had many of my players coming to my office the next day which they never do saying we’ve got to get this kid,” Davidson added.
“He’s going to fit our system perfectly.”
“He’s come extremely highly recommended,” Davidson said.
“We feel like he’s going to be a great addition to the program.”
Coach Jesse Cooper of the Vikings had high praise for Anica.
“He’s one of the best players that’s ever come through here,” Cooper said.
“As soon as I took over last year, I knew who he was and I knew that he was a different player.”
“Going into his senior year, I told him we need to find some schools for him to go to,” Cooper added.
“I’m very excited for him to go to Bryan and see what he can do.”
“Once he finds his feet and gets used to the college level, I can see him getting to a starting role and helping that program out,” Cooper said.
Davidson expounded on the character of Anica.
“Coach Felipe spent a lot of time talking to the family. For us, we’re a school where character is everything,” Davidson said. “We look at character before we even think about what they do on the field.”
“He checked all the boxes,” Davidson added. “He’s really a very personable young man and will fit in our culture well.”
Bryan College is located in Dayton.
The soccer program competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Anica plans to major in engineering at Bryan.
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