Today: Jul 14, 2024

Soccer player injured, but hopes to return for postseason

Josh Falcone – General Assignment Reporter

Luke Perry, midfielder for Southern men’s soccer, stared down at his swollen, wrapped right ankle. Speaking about the injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the regular season, if not the entire year, Perry showed a sense of hope and resilience.

“Hopefully I can come back in the post-season or the end of the regular season,” Perry said. “And make an impact on the team.”

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The senior midfielder is from Macclesfield, England and soccer has been part of his life since childhood. Perry said he started attending coached sessions when he was five years old and has had a love of the game ever since.

Perry was a part of the Lees-McRae College team in North Carolina, before coming to Southern in 2011.

In his first season with the Owls, Perry finished the year with 11 points and was named a Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. Perry said he’s had many memorable moments in his career at Southern, and cherishes the times he’s had with his teammates playing for the distinguished program at Southern.

“Playing under the name of Southern Connecticut,” he said, “and the history the schools got, is a great honor.”

Perry said he believes in the Owls going forward and said, though the team has hit a rough patch over the last few games they have the talent to finish the season strong.

“I think we’ve got the ability to play well,” he said, “the ability to win games. We got to have belief and come out strong.”

Owls’ assistant coach David Kelly has been delighted by Perry’s play and his overall character. “He has not let us down,” Kelly said. “He’s a good captain, has been excellent with training, and has amazing leadership skills.”

Assistant coach Tom Mattera agreed.

“He’s a joy to be around,” Mattera said.

Kelly and Mattera were both visibly disappointed over Perry’s ankle injury. Kelly said that they have to wait and see how long Perry will be out for, and that he hopes Perry will be back for the post-season. Kelly said Perry’s skill will be missed during that time.

“He’s a tremendous asset,” Kelly said.

Perry suffered his injury in Wednesday’s loss at Franklin Pierce University, when he was making an attempt on the ball and tweaked his ankle.

The extent of the injury was not known but Perry said he did not believe it was a break but most likely some sort of ligament pull.

Perry said his future plans once he finishes his career at Southern hopefully will involve soccer. He said he’d like to continue to play, at the highest level he can. If playing is not an option, he said he’d like to get into coaching. He also stated that he’d like to continue his education and that he has thought about getting a coaching degree in the graduate system and a master’s degree in business or sports management.

“Something involving soccer,” he said. “I’ll be happy, whether it is playing or coaching. I just love the game.”

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