OLDSMAR – Two years ago, Josh Page was new to Florida when he walked into the East Lake High School soccer office and announced that he wanted to play for the soccer team.
Alex Stenson had just taken over the East Lake soccer team. He had heard of Page, who was moving to the Tampa Bay area from Pennsylvania after his father took a new job. Word in the prep soccer grapevine travels fast – Page had scored 45 goals and 46 assists in his first two years of high school at Belle Vernon Area High School in Pennsylvania before coming to East Lake.
Page made an immediate impact on the East Lake team, scoring 21 goals in his first year. He entered the regional semifinals last week with 97 career goals and knew that, if the Eagles went on a run, he might reach get that 100th goal.
“That would be so cool,” Page said. “It would be awesome.”
Page might have been a new kid in town when he joined the Eagles, but he fit in quickly.
“He’s a nice, funny guy who fit in here immediately,” Stenson said. “He even mentors the team managers. He’s a natural goal scorer and he’ll make seven or eight out of 10 on a kick. We’re going to miss him next year.”
Page still calls Pittsburgh home and gets excited talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers. He said he’d rather be David Beckham than Pens’ star Sidney Crosby, but it’s a close call.
Now Page has to decide where he wants to play next year. Messiah College in Pennsylvania has been working hard and Page is intrigued at moving back home, but he’s close with his family in Florida and is keeping his options open. He wants to get into athletic training after his college. Still, he said that if he goes back home for college or stays in Florida, he’ll always remember his days at East Lake.