By Ray Hamill — Arcata senior Spencer Olson is taking his game to the next level after signing a letter of commitment this week to play soccer at College of the Siskiyous after graduation.
The former Tigers star announced his decision in front of a gathering of friends, family and teammates at Arcata High on Monday, and says he is looking forward to the opportunity.
Olson is one of several local travel team players who opted not to play high school soccer this past fall and instead to play for a local travel team of all-stars from several H-DNL schools.
The players, who had been playing together for years, collectively made the decision in order to face better competition, and it’s a decision Olson and many of his teammates say has paid off for them.
“That was super huge,” the Arcata senior said of the experience. “Playing against some of the top competition every week for two months raised all our games.”
In recent weeks, several of Olson’s teammates have also signed on to play at the collegiate level.
Olson joins a Siskiyous program in just its fourth year of existence, and choose the school from a number of options because of the fit.
“I’d heard good things about College of the Siskiyous, so I went and visited and met with the coach and players,” he said. “And everyone was super welcoming.”
The center midfielder says playing college ball has always been his ambition and intends on continuing his education and playing career at a four-year school after his time at Siskiyous.
“That is the plan,” he said, adding that he would like to major in kinesiology with eyes on becoming a physical therapist.
The multi-sport athlete also has played basketball and starred at tennis at Arcata High, where has has been a key part of the Tigers’ recent H-DNL dynasty.
Olson says he had hoped to continue playing tennis at the collegiate level, but will be unable to do so at Siskiyous, which does not have a men’s tennis team.
“I can still play on the side,” he said with smile.