(Festus) As the last line of defense, the goalie on the soccer pitch is one of the most important players on the field.
One of the best at patrolling between the pipes in the area has been Jack Uskiwich of the Festus Tigers boys soccer team.
After a tremendous senior season, Uskiwich landed himself a spot on the Regional Radio Dream Team.
He says it means a lot to be chosen as the lone keeper of the group.
This season Uskiwich played 1255 minutes, accounted for 153 saves across 16 games, and was named to the 1st Team All-Conference and All-District teams.
He has been a mainstay in net for the Tigers since his freshman year and as a result, has racked up record-setting career totals.
Uskiwich is now the school record holder for saves in a career with 705.
He says the record means a lot, but it means even more because of who’s record he broke.
Jack and his brother Tim have made playing goalie for Festus a family tradition for the better part of the past decade.
However, it goes a generation even further to their father, Matt, who was a longtime coach with the Tigers boys soccer team.
Uskiwich says his dad has been his greatest teacher.
Uskiwich will be continuing his playing career when he joins the Mineral Area College men’s soccer team next year.
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