By Ray Hamill — College of the Siskiyous men’s soccer is about to triple it’s H-DNL contingent after Arcata’s Arthur Frye announced recently he is taking his talents to the Weed school.
Frye, a three-year starter for the Tigers, will join teammate and fellow senior Connor Olson, who will also play at Siskiyous and is following in the footsteps of his older brother Spencer, who was a freshman at Siskiyous this past fall.
Frye said his decision to play there was based on a number of factors, including the campus, the coaches and the players there.
“It’s a really nice campus, and my teammate and friend Connor Olson will also be playing there, so it was a win win situation for me,” Frye said.
The Arcata senior, who was an integral part of the Tigers’ success since breaking into the team late in his freshman campaign, says he considered a number of options, but felt playing for the Eagles was the right fit for him.
“When I went to tour the campus, the coach and all the teammates were super nice and made me feel at home,” he said. “The process was definitely difficult because I had a couple other colleges reach out to me, but this seemed like a good fit for me.”
Siskiyous head coach Ed Kephart came to see Frye play against Fortuna in the fall and wasted no time in his attempts to entice the senior, offering him a spot on his team immediately after the game.
The coach has told Frye he expects him to play a big role on the left wing for the Eagles, although the Arcata senior knows he will have to battle for his place.
“Coach has informed me that I will have a very strong role on his team and will be playing 90 minutes if he likes what he sees during practice,” Frye said.
The playmaker has been a consistent presence for the Tigers and says he enjoyed his time at Arcata.
Most notably when he scored the equalizing goal as a junior in a 1-1 tie against Fortuna, the top-ranked team in the section at the time.
“Just the emotions I felt after scoring that were incredible,” he said.
Frye also paid tribute to his parents for their support on his journey — saying they “never gave up on me”— as well as former teammate Kai Narum, who he says was a big influence.
“I was a freshmen on the team when he was a senior and be mentored me a lot,” Frye said.
The Arcata senior also says he’s looking forward to college life and hoping to take his game to a four-year school after his time at Siskiyous.
“My hope is to have a really good freshmen year and have a major contribution to the team and hopefully get a Division-II offer my sophomore year,” he said.
Frye, who also played tennis at Arcata, says he will probably major in criminology or wildlife biology, but is keeping his options open for now.
Last season, the Eagles were 2-14-2.