Ex-WLW soccer player, Alsheskie, competes four seasons at college level

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 12, 2014

 Former Walled Lake Western soccer player Kyle Alsheskie went on to play for Albion College for four seasons.

Former Walled Lake Western soccer player Kyle Alsheskie went on to play for Albion College for four seasons.

Photo courtesy of Lowell McGinnis

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WALLED LAKE — The sport of soccer is one that Walled Lake Western graduate Kyle Alsheskie said he began playing when he was 4 years old.

And while most who take up the sport probably aren’t likely to play past the high school level, Alsheskie, who is a native of Wixom, did just that as he recently completed his senior season with Albion College, an NCAA Division III program.

Alsheskie reflected on what it was like to have the opportunity to play soccer at the college level.

“That was my main criteria for picking what school I wanted to go to — I knew I wanted to play soccer,” said Alsheskie, who acknowledged support from his family; Jerry Block, who is Albion’s head coach; Chris Lefevre, who is an assistant coach at Albion; and Lee Fruman, who coached him at Walled Lake Western. “That was really important for me. I came and visited here, and knew I wanted to come here. My sophomore season, we only won two games, so sticking through it even after that season, I think, was one of my biggest accomplishments.”

After arriving at Albion, it didn’t take long for Alsheskie to make the starting lineup, becoming a starter the third game into his freshman season. He was selected All-MIAA second team for the 2011 season.

In his senior campaign, Alsheskie scored 14 goals, which is the most for an Albion player since Jason Smith scored 16 in 2005. He also had four assists and was selected as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week during the season.

All-MIAA teams for the 2014 season had not been selected as of press time.

Despite the success he has had at Albion, when Alsheskie reflects on the time he spent as a collegiate student-athlete, he will likely think about more than just his individual accomplishments.

“At Albion, a large percentage of the students who go here are athletes, so the relationships I’ve formed with other athletes here are ones I’ll keep for the rest of my life,” said Alsheskie, who cited “not being lazy” and “keeping focused” as keys to making it as far as he did. “The closeness of all of us — it’s like a family, almost.”

Having had the opportunity to play four seasons of college soccer, Alsheskie can focus his attention on pursuing a potential career in auditing, following graduation.

“I’m really excited,” said Alsheskie, who completed an internship in Chicago for the 2014 spring semester. “I’m a little overwhelmed with what’s to come after college, but I’m ready, I think. It is really cool. Albion does a really good job of exposing their accounting students to interviews before getting out of college. I’ve done multiple interviews already to prepare myself.”

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