THE TIES THAT BIND: Goodwin, Miles share lives on soccer field
Starkville natives Will Goodwin, left, and Roy Miles have shared most of their lives together on the athletic fields. They played their last home soccer match at Itawamba Community College on Wednesday. (Photo by Lee Adams, SDN)
Will Goodwin and Roy Miles have grown up on the field together.
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The Starkville native's are currently wrapping up their sophomore seasons at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. They began their soccer careers together when they began playing Under-10 soccer under head coach Ronnie White, who was also their high school coach at Starkville Academy.
After high school, the duo was nearly split apart, but things changed once offers started to come in.
"Until we made the decision to come to ICC, we didn't think we would be going to school together," said Goodwin. "Roy was planning to go to Ole Miss and I was trying to get into the Naval Academy."
Both were offered from several schools, including ICC, but that was not the first choice for them.
"Our original decision was to go Gulf Coast," said Goodwin. "Then (ICC coach) Mike Sullivan came and watched us play and he wanted both of us."
Since Sullivan wanted both of them, and Fulton being two hours closer to home than Perkingston, the two thought it over and made the decision.
"We both wanted to play soccer and we both got offers from a lot of the same places, so we decided we wanted to go to the same place," said Miles. "I knew a bunch of players who were coming up here and I knew we had the potential to be real good."
Goodwin and Miles felt the biggest adjustment other than the on field competition, was getting use to living in the small city of Fulton.Â
"In Starkville, there was always something going on," said Goodwin. "Here (Fulton), there isn't much to do, but it's good because you can focus on your school work."
Miles said even though Fulton is smaller than Starkville, it "felt like home."
On the field, the duo has a connection that is similar to that of brothers.
"We can say things on the field that nobody will know what we are talking about," said Goodwin. "We know exactly what each other means because we've been playing together so long."
Since they know each other so well, they can pick each other up, help fix mistakes and get into position because they know what each other is going to do.
"We know how each other plays," said MIles. "We know each other's strengths and weaknesses and how to react to them."
Since their sophomore seasons are coming to a close, the future of them staying in the same school is unsure, but they are both currently looking at one school.
"I'm undecided on where I want to go," said Miles. "I know it's crazy but we're looking into the University of Hawaii."
Goodwin, who is also the kicker for the football team at ICC, has some offers to play football at the next level. That will determine where he'll go to school, but Hawaii isn't out of the question.
"If I was to get a scholarship from Hawaii and they were going down there, I'd go in a heartbeat," said Goodwin. "You only get chances like that once in a lifetime."
The two might be separated after ICC, but having each other the past two years helped them adjust to college life and being away from home.
"Going anywhere where you don't know a whole lot people is a big adjustment," said Goodwin. "It was like when we were younger and we could go to soccer camps, you have somebody there that you know and you always have a friend."
MIles and Goodwin are roommates at ICC which has made things a little easier for Miles to adjust to being in college.
"We got out and met new people because that's what college is about," said Miles. "Also, if you wanted to get back into your comfort zone, you could just go back to your room and hang out with a buddy."
The two never planned any of the things that happened to keep them on the same team after high school, but things just seemed to fall into place.Â
"It's crazy how things work out," said Goodwin.
The regular season ended on Wednesday for ICC, but they will begin playoffs soon as the No. 2 seed from the North Division.
Goodwin and Miles have combined for two goals and nine assists as the Indians try to make a deep playoff run.