Chase played his first year of college soccer for Herkimer County Community College before transferring to MSU.
“Quite honestly, he would have been able to play here even straight from high school,” Graves said. “I knew when he got here from Herkimer that he would be able to step right into the program.”
Chase said he has not only done well on the pitch but is thriving in the small-town college atmosphere.
“I love it here,” he said. “It kind of reminds me of Cooperstown.”
Being on a college soccer team has been the fulfillment of his goals. Although Chase also played basketball and golf at CCS, he said soccer has always been his favorite sport.
“I’ve been playing since I was four years old,” he said. “I can’t get enough of it. I knew it was something that I didn’t want to give up. We’re always training, even if it is not in season. Sometimes, we take some time off, but after three or four days, I am itching to get back to it.”
The season just ended last month, but Chase said pretty soon he’ll be thinking about his senior season and getting his team back to the NCAAs.
Graves said Chase will be the perfect leader for next year’s squad.
“He’s not just a good athlete,” Graves said. “We’re always trying to get good people into the program. That’s the way he is. He is always taking time to work with the younger guys and make sure they are comfortable in our program.”