Courtney’s hard work nets goals for St. Joseph

St. Joseph Catholic School soccer star Cliff Courtney is good at computers.

His is so good, in fact, that he recently put together his own computer system. It took a lot of time and patience, but he stuck with it and eventually got the job done.

While most people may not think working on computers and working on your soccer game are similar, Courtney said both of his pastimes require the same thing from him — lots of patience.

“In soccer and in computers, you have to take your time,” Courtney, a junior, said. “You can’t hurry.”

Courtney’s patience and hard work at learning soccer have paid off as well. This season he leads the Fighting Irish in goals scored.

“I have gotten really good at dribbling the ball, and I have also become really open-minded with my teammates. That means I trust each and everyone of them, and I know they can all get the job done.”

St. Joseph soccer coach Craig Mandolini calls Courtney a great soccer player and a great leader for his team.

“Cliff has really done a good job of working hard at his game,” Mandolini said. “He has a lot of talent, but he also has put the time in to be the best that he can be.”

Courtney, who hopes to become a computer engineer when he grows up, gave up the game of soccer for a little while to play basketball instead. Before the season started, however, he began to realize that both his talent and heart are in the game of soccer.

“I decided to go back to soccer because I am better at it and also because I really love playing the game,” he said.

“I am glad I chose to go back to soccer. I play on a great team that is very unselfish. We all know that none of us can win the game by ourselves.”