Athlete of the Week: Kento Uedo

by Kymee Noll – Horizon Sports Editor

Kento Ueda is the Hesston College Horizon's athlete of the week. Photo by Galed Kristjayanta
Kento Ueda is the Hesston College Horizon’s athlete of the week. Photo by Galed Kristjayanta

The Men’s soccer team is off to a shaky start this season with an 0-3 record with losses to Crowder College, Allen County Community College, and Neosho County Community College, but first year Coach Michael Armstrong is impressed with sophomore Kento Uedo’s adaptability.

The 6 foot 4 inch defender/forward from Japan has displayed dedication on the field this season.

“He has been doing very well with the minutes I’ve given him and has learned his position very quickly,” Armstrong said.

This is Uedo’s first time playing the sport in an organized setting and he has already made an impact on the team’s play.

Photo by Galed Kristjayanta
Photo by Galed Kristjayanta

Armstrong subbed Uedo in their game against Neosho County Community College on Sunday, Aug. 24, Uedo’s first-ever soccer game.  In their 11-1 loss, Uedo was the only player to score a goal.

His teammates are quick to point out Uedo’s s skill and attributes.

“Kento has acclimated well and never complains,” sophomore teammate Ashenafi Tadese said.

Another sophomore team leader, Noah Yoder, said “He’s naturally athletic and his size really helps the team out.”

Sophomore forward from Iowa, Nick Yoder, added to the praise commenting, “his technique is good, he plays hard and he has become a good decision maker.”

The Larks’ next game is on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The men will take on Rose State College at home.


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