With the Bears’ 1-0 win over South Anchorage on Saturday in the state title game, recently graduated senior center-midfielder Nathan Fosket became the first player in JDHS soccer history to be part of three state championship teams. While soccer takes up the majority of Fosket’s busy schedule, he has also made time to perform in multiple musicals at the high school, participate in drama, debate and forensics, compete at the state level for tennis, enjoy the outdoors with friends and take service trips to Nicaragua with his youth group. He is planning to attend Whitwoth University in Spokane, Wash., this fall where he intends to play soccer. Whether it’s on the stage or on the pitch, Fosket seems to always find himself in the spotlight.
What are some of your interests outside of soccer?
“I got into acting this year and I was in a couple school musicals — The Music Man and Evita (last year) — and also participated in drama, debate and forensics as a school activity. Those were a lot of fun. I don’t have a lot of down time, but I just like to hang out with friends, go to the lake, jet ski, hike, go camping and hammock camping is always fun. I like going golfing, Frisbee golfing, miniature golfing and playing baseball in the house. I just like to take advantage of the beautiful weather that we have here, and take advantage of Juneau.”
What’s it been like to have two very different, time-consuming interests like soccer and acting co-exist?
“At first it was really tough. I’ve always been an athlete and that’s always just been my thing. Then stretching out and doing something completely different, I didn’t really know how my friends would take it because I missed quite a bit of soccer with it. But I think doing that has helped me grow as a person and has made me into the person I am now. As time went on, my soccer friends saw that this acting stuff was really important to me and they respected that. I didn’t get too much of a hard time or anything. Having lots of things going on in my life has helped me keep my life busy and keep my high school career active.”
What’s your plan for this fall?
“I’m going to head to Whitworth University and play soccer there. I have to be there by August 18th to start my training, so that will keep me busy. It should be interesting trying to figure out how to live the college life while also being consumed with soccer. I really don’t know what I want to study there. Possibly going into education or business, but I’m still pretty open-minded about it.”
Talk about your upcoming service trip to Nicaragua.
“I’m part of a youth group at Chapel by the Lake, and there are 19 youths and five adults heading to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua for about ten days. My sister is the main leader and this will be her tenth time going there. There’s an orphanage there where we’ll go hang out with kids, and then we’ll raise enough money to build two or three houses for them. Right now, we’re deflating 40 or 50 soccer balls to take down there to play soccer with them. It should be a fun experience.”
What were the closing minutes of the state championship game like as you tried to preserve a 1-0 lead?
“It was crazy. We pretty much dominated the whole game and should have been up a lot more than 1-0. We didn’t capitalize on all our opportunities. In the last ten minutes or so, they really put the pressure on. They hit the crossbar once and I cleared the ball off the line as it was going in. It got very hectic. When it’s a 1-0 game in the last few minutes of the state championship, it’s going to get frantic. They’re going to be putting all their guys up and all we’re going to be doing is clearing the ball away, and that’s how it was.”
What was going through your mind when the referee blew the final whistle, making you guys state champs?
“There’s so much pressure of, ‘Are we going to be able to hold that 1-0 lead?’ and working so hard at keeping that lead, and then when the whistle blows and it’s all that satisfaction of all the hard work. It’s kind of an overwhelming feeling where you’re not really sure what to feel. It’s an awesome feeling, but it’s more of an indescribable thing where you don’t really know what’s going on. Just hugging all your teammates because we’ve been such a good, solid team all year and a lot of us have been working together for such a long time. And all of that has come down to one game that we worked really hard for, and it all worked out. This is my third state championship for high school and all of them have been incredible feelings.”