When Isak Visser began entered Puyallup High School in 2010, he didn’t have an inkling he would one day play college soccer. Now he knows what he wants to have in his future.
“Before high school, I was just really unsure what I wanted to do,” Visser said. “Throughout high school, I definitely discovered soccer is my true passion.”
Visser, a three-year starter for the Puyallup Vikings, plans to play defender this season at Pacific Lutheran University.
“The opportunity to play soccer and go to a great school for medical, which is a field I want to go into, is exciting,” he said.
Visser earned first-team all-South Puget Sound League honors as a defender during his junior season and captured first-team all-league honors as a midfielder his senior year. He credited Puyallup head coach Matt White for helping him hone his skills.
“Matt White is like the encyclopedia of soccer,” Visser said. “He knows everything. He watches so much film, it’s crazy.
“We would be at practice, and he would give us assignments to do at home,” Visser added. “One of those was to go on YouTube and watch certain players. He would say, ‘This is what I want you to do and play like.’ He’s definitely not a fake and knows everything he is talking about when it comes to soccer. He is a very strategic coach.”
Visser said he has been pushing himself through running and weightlifting workouts to go along with being a guest player with the South Sound Academy this summer. He also played basketball during his high school career, but he believes soccer is his best sport.
“I enjoy watching soccer more,” Visser said. “I feel like I can talk to more people about it than any other sport. It is the most popular sport in the world, and everyone plays it. There is so much passion for soccer across the world. I’m going to London this summer for a week, and that is a place where soccer is a sport that is always talked about. It is just a beautiful game.”