Flying Fleet signs AJ's Kennington

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Vols soccer standout

By The Staff


KERSHAW – Like sister, like brother.

Add another Kennington to the Conference Carolinas soccer landscape.

Luke Kennington, an Andrew Jackson High School senior soccer ace, is taking his game to the NCAA Division II conference.

It’s somewhat of a familiar path after Luke Kennington’s sister Leah, a high-scoring Lady Volunteers’ soccer standout, signed last year with Limestone College in Gaffney where she earned third-team all-conference honors for the Saints last fall in her freshman campaign.

Luke Kennington, much like his sister, has fashioned a stellar prep soccer career at AJ High to earn a scholarship to a Conference Carolinas school, Erskine College in Due West.

“Luke is an outstanding player on the field,” said Andrew Jackson High School soccer coach Van Steen. “When we need something, we look to him.

“I’m excited for him because I know he has a bright future and he’s ready to go to the next level,” Steen said. “Luke’s a great keeper and we would like to have him there all the time for us, but we need him on the field at center midfielder, or striker.”

Kennington, in his fourth season of varsity soccer at AJ, has tallied eight goals with five assists this season to pace the Vols. A year ago, Kennington earned Class AA  all-state honors and was named to the all-region soccer team.

“Luke is a very physical player and plays hard,” Steen said. “In the goal, he plays with great technique.”

Last fall, Kennington played football for the Volunteers and earned all-region honors as a key contributor.

Kennington, a versatile performer, earned all-region honors at punter with a 36.4 average. He was also 10 of 10 on extra points.

Kennington, in the secondary, notched 19 tackles in seven games with an interception and a fumble recovery.

Kennington made 17 catches for 139 yards.

“Luke played one season, but responded well,” AJ coach David Moore said. “He played well no matter where we played him. I wish we had him for more than one season, but when we had him, he produced and made a key impact.”

Next fall, he will be playing with the Flying Fleet’s soccer squad.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Kennington said. “I like Erskine because it’s small and I can walk to about any place I want to go there.

“Erskine also has what I want in engineering,” he said. “The soccer program is also good and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Steen said Kennington will continue his family’s good name in soccer.

“I think he’s going to be a great college keeper,” he said. “He’s been outstanding in our program and I think he’s going to do well at the next level.”