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BOYS' SOCCER: Eagles’ Harrison inks with Spalding

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By Dennis George

Daulton Harrison has been through a lot in his four years on the Bethlehem soccer team.

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As a freshman, he was part of a team with his brother Beaux that won the 19th District championship en route to an 11-9-1 season.

Things weren’t quite so rosy the next season with the loss of 15 seniors and first-year coach Jody Spalding starting a rebuilding process. Bethlehem managed just five wins , all against teams with losing records.

Bethlehem managed three wins in 2016, but rebounded to capture another district title in Harrison’s final season.

“I couldn’t have asked for more than to win a district championship with four of my best friends,” Harrison said.

Classmates Carter Alvey, Camden Miracle and Jonah Stiles, along with Harrison, have laid the foundation for future teams at the school.

Despite playing for teams with limited success, Harrison’s play caught the attention of Spalding University coaches, and he has signed to play soccer for the Golden Eagles.

Jody Spalding says Harrison is quite deserving of the opportunity to play at the next level.

“He always played really hard for us and was a good leader his senior season,” he said.

Harrison played a big part in Bethlehem’s 2-1 upset win over top-seeded Bardstown, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 57th minute of the game.

He recovered from a bad fall in overtime in the championship game against Nelson County, but returned to knock in the deciding goal after the shootout ended in a 5-5 tie.

“That was a great way for him to end his career,” Spalding said.

Harrison scored 15 of Bethlehem’s 32 goals in 2017, and also led the team with seven assists.

He will be able to adjust to the collegiate game, in part because of the way the school schedules its classes.

“They do block scheduling so for the first six weeks. I only have one class per day, so I can focus on soccer,” he said. “In the next six weeks, I will only have two classes per day. That is going to help me balance my time between soccer and school.”

He is not expecting to play a vital role in his freshman season, much like he did at Bethlehem.

“They are returning the conference Player of the Year and I am hoping to learn a lot from him,” Harrison said. “I think they just expect me to come in and put in the work and be a team player. Whether they put me up top in my position or move me to a wing, I’ll be there and I’ll be ready to do it.”

He plans on majoring in business and economics at the Louisville school.