Wildey has his Generals on the march Junior striker is Towson motivator

October 11, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

He has been playing soccer for 10 years and might be playing 10 years from now.

Ian Wildey, Towson High's center striker, co-captain and leading scorer, may be well on his way to a memorable career.

Wildey, a junior, has made the all-Baltimore County team and is making a big pitch for All-Metro. With 15 goals and five assists through five games, he is the area's second-most productive offensive player.

"I guess my leadership," he said when asked what he believed to be his most important quality. "I try to get everybody motivated. I think my teammates look to me. When they're down, I'm the one who gets everybody pushing forward."

Towson coach Paul Becker said, "Ian is just a tremendous athlete. He's well-proportioned [5 feet 11, 165 pounds] and has a great knowledge of the game."

Wildey started in the Towson Recreation Council at age 7 and has moved through various club programs to become a first-stringer as a freshman in high school.

fTC Last season, playing center midfield, he was second on the team in scoring, but had more assists (20) than goals (16). Now he is in the thick of every scoring threat.

Wildey has been prolific in Towson's 4-1 start. He had four goals in a 17-0 romp over Milford Mill despite playing only about half the game and three goals and two assists in a 6-4 win over Chesapeake.

"I like physical play," he said. "It makes things more interesting. Most people think I'm a good finisher [of scoring chances]."

In varsity lacrosse, he shifted from goal to midfield because "there is a little more hitting there."

The highlight of Wildey's soccer life has been as captain of the Maryland team in the Olympic development program after being chosen from among about 250 aspirants. That team went to Wales, England and Bermuda.

A native of Rodgers Forge, he "would like to play for the national team a lot, but my first goal is a college scholarship."

Wildey's target is the University of North Carolina, where he wants to pursue physical therapy. His high school academic program emphasizes chemistry and mathematics.

"He had knee surgery while playing club ball," said Becker. "But it hasn't slowed him down at all."

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