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KERSHAW University of South Carolina at Sumter men’s soccer coach Giovanni Vlahos is entering his second season with the Fire Ants’ program and is looking to build his program with quality players.
That’s why he was in the Andrew Jackson High School media center Wednesday morning when he signed Andrew Jackson High senior soccer standout Jason Faile to play at USCS.
“Jason’s a hard worker which is something I need,” Vlahos said. “He’s a no nonsense guy which speaks high of him.
“You want good character people when you’re building a program.”
Faile, in four years of soccer, has established himself as a quality performer.
A year ago, the AJ forward earned Class AA all-state and All-Region IV-AA honors for the 19-2 Volunteers.
Faile, who tallied 27 goals as a junior, garnered the Vols’ Offensive Award and was named the team MVP.
Of Faile’s 27 goals last spring, six were game-winners.
Faile also earned an AJ Athlete of Year award presented last spring by the Kershaw News-Era and H&H Chevrolet.
This season, Faile has tallied 33 goals for the AJ booters.
“Jason is probably the hardest worker we’ve ever had in our soccer program,” said Vols soccer coach Randy Jordan. “In four years of playing soccer, Jason hasn’t missed practice. That’s true dedication.
“He’s been a solid players for four years,” Jordan said. “Jason will fit in well there. He has a good head on his shoulders and he has good work ethic.”
Vlahos said Faile has other qualities which attracted him to the USCS program.
“One, he’s left-footed, and like in baseball with left-handers, not many are like that, so it’s good to have a left-footer,” Vlahos said. “He’s also coming from a good program and he knows hard work and practice are what you need to succeed.
“Jason will be a good addition,” he said. “I’m glad to have him because he comes from a good family.”
Faile said several factors played a role in his decision to play at USC-Sumter.
“The school is close to home and coach Vlahos seems to be like coach Jordan,” he said. “It will be a challenge going to a new program and it’s exciting to be a part of that. Coach Jordan and coach Bridges (Mark, AJ assistant) have been a big part in getting me prepared to go to the next level.”