Ammon Christensen said that most of the members of the Seymour High School boys’ soccer team had goals this past season.
Personally, he made it a priority to help the next wave of varsity players.
“One of my goals was to be helpful or be a good mentor to all the new players and kind of talk to them if they needed help about a position, or anything in school,” he said. “I just wanted to be there for them and be a good teammate.”
Christensen began playing soccer at a young age.
“I played rec. league for a couple of years and then in sixth grade I joined the (Seymour) Cyclones,” Christensen said. “I started soccer with my friend (Brayden Trinkle) in elementary school.”
In high school, Christensen played a couple different positions.
“I played midfield, usually right or left (on JV), but on varsity I was playing right back,” Christensen said. “I was a defender so I would pretty much defend the right side, and I would also go forward whenever opportunities came.”
He said talking with teammates was important on the field.
“Communication is vital,” Christensen said. “It kind of sets the energy level. If you’re not talking to your team, you’re not really going to be playing very well. You’re going to be kind of sloppy and not energetic. I remember some of the best moments we had was when we would be talking the most and some of our worst moments was when nobody would be talking and we would get angry and what not.”
He felt like the Owls had an advantage playing at home, “because we practiced there a lot, and it felt more comfortable.” Seymour was unbeaten at home this season.
He said getting off to a good start was a key.
“The first five minutes is definitely important,” Christensen said. “Some of the games we had we played terrible the first five minutes, and those were typically when the other team scored, so coming out aggressive and playing hard the first five minutes sets the tone for the whole half.
“It got us fired up if we scored a goal first.”
Christensen said highlight wins for him were, “beating Floyd Central this year because that had never happened before, and of course winning the O-Cup the last three years was awesome because that had never happened.”
The senior has enjoyed his time at SHS.
“I love attending SHS because of the people and the teachers,” Christensen said. “It’s just a great experience. My brothers went here and they loved it and they played sports. I’ve taken a lot of AP and dual credit courses.
“The thing I’m going to remember the most is the great experiences, and, of course, the people. Those things will always stick with me and I’ll always think back about this.”
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Name: Ammon Christensen
High school: Seymour
Parents: Monique and Danny Christensen
Siblings: Matt, Ty, Helen
Sports: soccer 4 years
Athletic highlights: HHC champs 2016, 2018, academic all-state, 3-time O-Cup winners
Organizations: National Honor Society, Marching band, concert band, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group
Plans after high school: attend Brigham Young University, study pediatrics and become a pediatrician
Favorite food: chicken Alfredo
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite musicians: Twenty-One Pilots
Favorite movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Favorite team: Real Madrid