Gamers of the Week

Junior Evan McCray of Winfield High School

Evan McCray is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week to Junior Evan McCray of Winfield High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Winfield boy’s soccer team is trying to make a name for themselves as they continue to remain undefeated for yet another week. The Generals improved to    11-0-1 on the year as they beat Poca 7-0, Nitro 3-1, and Oak Hill 1-0 last week. The Generals won their 10th consecutive game and beat a talented Nitro squad that tied them the second game of the season. One standout player for the Generals that helped lead the charge was junior center attack mid-fielder Evan McCray. McCray had an excellent week as he netted 4 goals against Poca, 1 goal vs. Nitro, and had the winning assist in a tight game against Oak Hill. Evan has been very effective thus far as he has 14 goals and 14 assists on the year. 

When asked about who inspires him Evan replied, "Pele is a player I like to model my game after. He has been known as a legend in the world of soccer and if you watch him play from old footage you can tell why. He played with such fierce determination and physicality that many could not match." When Evan was asked about what motivates his team this season he replied, "Our team motto this year is courage. We have held each other more accountable in the offseason to work harder and stay more dedicated. We started lifting weights and performing conditioning more consistently to prepare ourselves for the season ahead. I believe we are a better team this year because of our commitment to each other and the program."

The Generals have led a successful campaign thus far as they are the top-ranked WV AA soccer team and ranked in the top 50 nationally according to Max Preps rankings. When head soccer coach Mike Foster was asked about his team’s play this year he responded, ‘’We have opportunities to improve in all aspects of the game. We have been battling injuries and it wouldn’t hurt to get back to full strength before tournament time. We are concentrating on finishing in the box and continuing to work to improve our conditioning.’’ When Coach Foster was asked about Evan’s play he replied, ‘’Evan is one of our captains and has great work ethic. He has a no quit attitude and isn’t intimidated by the biggest challenges. He has great skill level for his age that many don’t possess and he is a winner on and off the field.” The Generals are under command from a strong leader that has had his qualities reflected through to his players. The Generals are hoping to complete their mission and bring yet another state championship home to the town of Winfield.

Evan has a 4.0 GPA and his parents are Leslie and Greg McCray. Evan also plays for West Virginia Football Club in the off-season. He plans on attending West Virginia University and hopes to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level. He plans to become an orthodontist after college.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.