Western Boone seniors Daniel Collins and Dylan Steines are sticking together when they head off to college next year.
The two soccer standouts will both be heading to Anderson University next fall to join the men’s soccer program. They had a signing ceremony at the high school on Thursday.
“It feels great,” Steines said. “I have wanted to play soccer at the college level since I started playing. It is amazing to know I will have that chance. After our last game this fall, I thought I was done but I kept trying to get college coaches to look at me and finally Anderson gave me a chance.”
Collins said knowing that he is going to Anderson to continue his career is a dream come true.
“It feels really good to know where I am going to play,” Collins said. “It has been my dream to play in college. I kept trying to keep going on and now I have that chance and my best friend is coming with me.”
The two friends said that they are really looking forward to having the opportunity to play with each other for the next few years.
“It is going to be great. It was a dream of ours to play together and now that we have that chance, it blows my mind.”
Steines said that the fact that the two have played together for the last several seasons could help in the transition to the college game.
“It is going to be great,” Steines said. “We already have that chemistry together and bring that to the college game with more skilled players it is just going to be even better.”
Steines said that Anderson stood out to him for the family environment that they had.
“When I went to their camp, I saw their team and they looked like a family,” Steines said. “When I toured the campus, it was small and I liked it because everything was close. It seemed like a nice community to live in.”
For Collins, who chose Anderson over The Masters College, it was a similar feeling that stood out and helped him chose the Indiana school.
“I went to Anderson for a camp in the summer and I liked the campus size,” Collins said. “Going there on my visit, they made me feel like family already and I really liked that.”
Collins was a first-team all-conference selection this past season and led the team with 23 goals.
“They liked my pace and how I know the field and positioning,” Collins said of the Anderson coaching staff. “The one thing that stood out to me was that he told me even as a freshman, that if I came in and tried my hardest, I would have a chance to start.”
Steines was a second-team all-Sagamore selection this past season and had six goals for the Stars.
He said the Ravens coaching staff liked the way he could dictate the flow of the game on the field.
“They really liked how I was comfortable when I had the ball on me feet and they liked my pace,” Steines said. “They told him they liked my confidence on the ball.”
Both players said the they are going to do everything they could to make sure they were physically ready for the college game.
“I am going to do a lot of running,” Steines said. “I am going to keep lifting weights becaus I have been doing that and I have noticed a difference. I am going to keep working on getting stronger.”
Added Collins: “I have been running and I am going to start working out more to get my strength up. I am going to stay positive about it and keep working at it.”
The two have been instrumental in the success of Western Boone in their time as a Star.
They helped the team win their second-ever sectional title in 2013.
Both players said they will have good memories of their times as a Star.
“I am going to remember the team bonding we had,” Steines said. “We always got together, had fun on the bus rides and enjoyed practicing. We always had fun as a group.”
Collins said that playing at Western Boone was different than any other team he had played on before.
“Western Boone was the best team I have played with,” Collins said. “Everyone encourages each other and it is a family atmosphere.”
Steines plans on studying electrical engineering, while Collins will study exercise science and then physical therapy.