Titans' Hughes to play soccer at Montreat

McDowell Titan soccer player Seth Hughes (seated, second from left) signed to play at Montreat next season. Seated with Hughes are (left to right) Seth's mother, Amy Hughes; Joao Ehlers, Montreat College assistant coach; and Seth's father, Greg Hughes. In back are Dr. Billy Cline, Assistant Principal, McDowell Early College (MEC); Sandi McCraw, Technology Coordinator, MEC; Terri Ingle, Guidance Counselor, MEC; and Dr. Penny Cross, Vice-President for Learning and Student Services, McDowell Technical Community College. Submitted

Soccer has long been both a passion and a pastime for the McDowell Titans’ Seth Hughes.

Now, it’s a little bit more.

Hughes, a senior, signed to play at Montreat College late last week. He said he’s excited to be able to continue playing the game he loves and get a quality education in the process.

“I’ve always loved soccer, and it’s really fun to see it matter in my life,” said Hughes. “It started out as a hobby, and then it turned into something else.”

The Titans struggled in 2018, finishing in last place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference en route to a 2-18 overall mark. But Hughes’ play was a bright spot, and he was rewarded with McDowell’s only All-Conference nod.

He’ll be joining a Montreat squad that is competitive within the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference. Montreat is coming off a 6-9-3 season. The Cavaliers went 3-5-2 in league play. The Cavs are coached by Michael Bruce, who is in his sixth year at the helm.

Hughes said he anticipates he’ll spent most of his time in the backfield.

“I’ll probably end up at left wing back,” said Hughes. “They run a different formation than most teams; they have three in the back, so that’s where I’m hoping to end up.”

Hughes is also hoping to eventually end up working in the burgeoning field of cybersecurity, and added Montreat is a great place to start such a career.

“One thing I liked is their cybersecurity program,” Hughes said. “It’s one of the best in the country and it’s nationally known.”



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