HPCA’s Lind picks North Greenville for kicks

May. 24, 2013 @ 12:40 AM

Jonny Lind wasn’t sure if he wanted to pursue college soccer during the early years of his varsity career. Once he made the commitment, though, he hasn’t looked back.

Following a stellar prep career, Lind, a senior standout at High Point Christian Academy, has signed to continue his soccer career at North Greenville University at the NCAA Division II level.

“It feels really good,” says Lind, the son of John and Lyla, of signing. “It’s definitely great and humbling to see what I’ve actually done.”

Lind took up soccer when he was 4 or 5 years old and started playing at the club level when he was 9. His passion for the game and his enjoyment of the team camaraderie have kept him playing ever since.

Lind, who plays center-mid for the Cougars and outside-mid for the Piedmont Triad FC ‘94 Black, started as a freshman on a Cougars team that reached the NCISAA 2A semifinals (the school has since moved to 3A).

Seeing himself in the starting lineup over some pretty good older players solidified his confidence in his playing abilities. The idea of playing in college started to become a possibility, but he really didn’t see it at that point.

“I didn’t know if I wanted to follow it to college,” Lind says. “I wasn’t sure about it. After schools showed interest and people said I could and should do it, I realized that it’s what I wanted to do.

“I’ve been playing soccer my whole life. Without it, it’d be really different. I don’t know what’d it’d be like. It made me realize how much I really did love it and wanted to play at the next level.”

He has worked hard throughout his career to hone his skills — whether on the field with his school, club or ODP teams or simply on his own, becoming a regular sight on the field working before or after practice.

As a result, Lind was named all-conference and the team MVP awards his junior and senior years at High Point Christian, plus earned the Leadership and Christian Character Award as a sophomore.

“Over the last several years, he’s been an impact player,” Cougars coach Austin Beck says. “Especially this last year, he was the engine that runs the team. … He’s a great distributor of the ball, and he has the ability to create goals by himself and by finding teammates.

“He’s really technical, really good with the ball at his feet. He’s very skillful and great on set pieces. He attacks the goal well, and he’s been a great leader. He was a captain this year, and he really is someone everyone looks to.”

Lind, who recently helped lead the PTFC ‘94 Black to a second-place finish in the club state tournament, narrowed his top choices to North Greenville (where his brother, James, also ran cross-country) and Gardner-Webb. He chose the the Crusaders.

“They gave me the best opportunity to play,” says Lind, who wants to study exercise sports science. “And, really, the school too. The people are so nice and, overall, it’s a Christ-centered school. That’ll really help me academically and in sports.”