Rockhurst High School soccer coach Chris Lawson has had his share of talented players and teams over the years.
That said, trust that it is high praise when Lawson — who has coached at the school since 1994 — calls star senior midfielder Derek Schrick one of the five best players he’s coached during that time.
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“We’ve had some special players come through here,” Lawson said. “Derek is in that elite company.”
The season that Schrick, The Star’s All-Metro boys soccer player of the year, turned in proved he was worthy of his coach’s high praise.
Schrick, who was selected the player of the year in Missouri Class 3 this season, racked up 10 goals and 24 assists for the Hawklets, who went 22-4-1 against a difficult schedule and reached the district final, where they lost 2-1 to eventual state semifinalist Lee’s Summit West.
“Our team went as Derek went a lot this year,” Lawson said. “He was the type of player who could create for himself and others, and to me, that’s the epitome of a great player. He was able to find people on the field and get the ball to them while being dynamic for himself at the same time and scoring for us when we needed him.”
Schrick, who will attend SMU in the fall, capped a career in which he was a four-year starter and helped the Hawklets win two state titles. Lawson said that in 2008, Schrick became the only freshman in school history to start as a freshman in a state championship match — and win it.
“Derek leaves Rockhurst better than he found it,” Lawson said, “and that one of the hallmarks of great player.”