Christian Johnson began playing soccer at the age of 3. He knew back then when he was running up and down the soccer fields in the Windsor rec leagues that the sport was his favorite.
Fast forward 15 years and Johnson, 18, is still all about soccer. When he took a year off from soccer in seventh grade to play football, he decided after that experience that soccer was the only sport for him.
Evidence of that is the national letter of intent he signed Wednesday to play soccer and go to school at Eastern New Mexico University, a NCAA Division II program that is located in Portales, N.M. His immediate goal is to see playing time as a freshman.
“I’m beyond words. This is all I ever really wanted to do,” said Johnson, the son of Christine Doble and Steve Johnson.
Johnson, the captain of the Windsor Wizards and the team’s leading scorer the past two years, can’t wait to display his skills at the next level. An offensive wing/striker at WHS, Johnson will switch to outside defensive back for the Greyhounds, who had a 9-5-4 record last season.
“I feel like I’ll become a stronger and definitely more developed player,” said the 5-11, 168-pound Johnson, who scored 45 goals and had 23 assists during his four-year career for the Wizards. “I try to make the plays happen. I like to be a motivator, a hard worker and I just like to win and involve everybody.”
Johnson’s goals at Eastern New Mexico University are to improve his skills and see the field as much as he can. He is undecided as to what he’ll study in college.
Wizards head coach Phil Weiser said Johnson will do great at the collegiate level.
“He has all the physical tools to be successful at the next level. He’s a smart player, and I have no doubt that he’s going to transition very well with what they’re planning on having him do there,” Weiser said.”
Weiser said Johnson shows his leadership skills through his actions.
“He’s always working hard, and he demands that out of his teammates,” Weiser said. “It’s going to be a big step for him, but I think he’s going to be ready for it. He’s easily good enough. He’s been good enough since he first came here as a freshman, and he’s been coming up big for us all four years. I have no doubt about his skill level.”