NEW PALESTINE — New Palestine’s Brad Rusche was born to be a baseball player.
It was the sport he always saw himself playing in college from the time he picked up a bat in early youth. Yet, when presented with the opportunity to play both baseball and soccer at Anderson University as a freshman, Rusche gave up baseball and turned his sights exclusively towards soccer.
“That was a hard decision for me to make because baseball had been my sport my whole life,” Rusche said.
It ended up being a really good move.
Rusche just wrapped up his junior year as the Ravens’ team captain where he led the squad in scoring with 10 goals and three assists. Those figures were also the second best at the Division III level in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference where the Ravens play.
Not bad for a guy who didn’t even start playing soccer until he was in the eighth grade.
Now, soccer has become his only sport and the one that gets his year round dedication.