LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — It's been quite a high school career for Lee's Summit senior boys soccer player Keenan Johnson. Last year, he had a breakout year and led the Tigers with 12 goals. He's followed that performance up with a nine goal, 10 assist performance so far this season.
He's also a team captain that's helped the Lee's Summit Tigers get to a 19-1 record so far this season and a Class 4A, District 12 championship. He doesn't lead the Tigers in goals this season. That would be senior midfielder Jackson Wood with 21 goals. However, he's still had immense success on the field. And, he credits his teammates for his success.
"Just keeping my teammates involved. They've helped me a lot this year with all my stats. Like, I don't really care too much about the stats because I just wanna win. But like, being recognized is just—I love it," Johnson said.
Lee's Summit boys soccer head coach Dave Wiebenga has been with the team for 15 years and has been head coach for 14 seasons. He's experienced a lot of success and seen a lot of great players during his tenure with the Tigers. He had some high praise for one of his best players and a senior leader.
"Keenan is one of the best characters on the team. He's a dream player for a coach to work with," Wiebenga said. "You know, he's been around the block with some stuff in his life. And, he counts every day as a blessing as a player. He does not take advantage of it. He understands that there's work to do. And, that rubs off on his teammates. His teammates respond."
Keenan said that he hasn't had any offers to play collegiately. However, he does say that he's talking to a few colleges. But according to 7216 Sports Recruiting, they tweeted that division-two University of Colorado Springs has recently invited him to campus for a workout.
They also stated that Keenan recently received a visit from Ohio Valley Conference participant and division one school Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to watch him play. He's certainly happy to be getting recognized.
"I mean, it just makes me feel like all of this hard work that I've put in is just paying off. I'm loving every moment of it," Johnson said.