GALETON — Galeton soccer player Jake Cochran was named MaxPreps/United Soccer Coaches Pennsylvania’s Male Player of the Week, Oct. 5-11.
If you sit through a Galeton soccer game, you’ll see why.
Just this week, Cochran has scored 11 goals during games against Port Allegany, Northern Potter and, most recently, Coudersport. He’s had 31 goals just this season, two assists and has averaged 4.5 goals/game.
Cochran was all smiles when he talked about the honor of being named player of week.
“I didn’t expect that. That feels pretty great, because that’s something that you just never expect,” he said. He’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from the school and community; a lot of people have reached out and congratulated him and told him he deserves that honor.
“It just makes me happy because people are watching what I do,” Cochran said.
Recently, he scored his 50th career goal during a home game against Northern Potter on Oct. 5, a huge milestone for any soccer player.
“It feels pretty good, I didn’t think I’d get that far,” Cochran said. “But when you have a good team behind you, anything can happen.”
Cochran has 67 career goals (Galeton’s school record is 89 goals).
“My goal for the season is to have just a little above 70. I’d be happy with that,” he said.
As Galeton continues on with a “bounce back” season, he hopes the team makes it to Districts — and beyond.
“Hopefully we can make it to Districts and go all the way through that. Hopefully we can be state champions,” he said. “That’d be pretty sweet, being state champions.”
As of now, the Galeton Tigers sit in fifth place in the 1A District Four soccer standings, and with one game left have a chance to possibly improve that position.
Jim Sunderlin, head soccer coach, was proud of Cochran’s accomplishments thus far.
“Jake’s a good goal scorer,” Sunderlin said. “You can’t take that away from him. He’s at the right place, at the right time.”