Webb eager to play for the Bulldogs

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Josh Webb has been a proven leader and a field general for the Community Christian School boys soccer team for the past three seasons. Now the Cyclones senior hopes those qualities will help him as he moves on to the next level.

Webb made that move official Wednesday as he signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Barton College men’s soccer program. Webb, who said he will receive the Trustee Scholarship to Barton, will join the Bulldogs officially as a walk-on. He said that he was offered a spot on the team at Clarks Summit University, an NCAA Division III program in Pennsylvania, and received recruiting interest from in-state Div. III schools William Peace University and North Carolina Wesleyan College. However, Webb decided Barton of the Div. II Conference Carolinas would be where he would make his home for the next four years because, well, it’s close to home.

“Just because it’s close to home and I can stay at my house. So that’s good,” said the son of Teri and Doug Webb of Elm City.

Webb, who has a 3.8 GPA at CCS, said he plans to major in biology at Barton.

CCS soccer coach Monica Mills said that Webb developed himself into a recruit.

“I’ll tell you this, Josh Webb worked hard, as far as helping himself get recruited and going to camps,” she said. “Even when I’ve been out there coaching the girls, he’s out there working hard.”

Webb said that he attended most of the Bulldogs games last fall in head coach Ian McMichael’s first season and he liked what he saw.

“I went to speak with him at the field after a game and he told me that he was trying to really build the program with foreign guys as well as some of the local guys,” Webb said. “That’s something that I was interested in – being part of a start-up program, or a restart.

“I went to the games last year and watched the guys and could really see myself on the team.”

Webb said that Barton’s counterattacking style as well as the Bulldogs’ ability to possess the ball suited him.

“I think I control the ball pretty well,” he said. “My touch is good, I have good vision on the field.”

Webb proved to be a valuable player for the Cyclones at the center midfield position, scoring 38 goals and making 26 assists.

“He’s been a captain every year I’ve coached and a great leader of our team and just has continued to grow. He’s a great distributor of the ball and scorer,” Mills said. “He really knows the game. Even at halftime or during the game he’s able to make adjustments and I think that’s what he’ll be able to bring to Barton. He knows the game so well.”

While Webb has played mostly center midfield for the Cyclones, he’s about to just about anywhere, as he has done with club teams in the Wilson Youth Soccer Association and Wayne County United, where he currently plays.

“I just play where I can really,” he said. “I’ve played everywhere. Literally, I’ve played everywhere.”

Getting bigger and stronger is a priority, he said.

“I need to work on my conditioning,” he said. “That’s something Ian told me about. I need to work on my strength as well and get in the gym and lift weights.”

The adjustment to the collegiate game may take time, as far as his ability to put the ball in the net, Mills said.

“I think he’ll be a great scorer for them as well but coming into college I think he’ll have to adjust to playing against those players,” she said.

Not to mention the adjustment of being a college student as well. But Webb assures he’s ready for that next step.

“It’s going to be more classes than I’ve ever had and more soccer than I’ve ever had, but it’s something that I enjoy,” he said.