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BV's Mattson inkssoccer future at Dakota Wesleyan
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 02. 2013 10:06AM
Kenny Mattson has sported some of the best-dressed feet on the soccer field.

In fact, the Brandon Valley senior has dubbed himself a “cleat hunter.”

“I have so many different pairs of cleats,” he admits. “Honestly, I just like to have a lot of different pairs.”

This past soccer season, the striker-midfielder could easily be spotted on the field with his white, black and hot pink cleats or the bright orange and white pair blazing across the green grass.

Mattson’s collection of cleats certainly won’t go to waste this fall when he joins the Dakota Wesleyan men’s soccer team. Last week, the 17-year-old inked his future to play for the Tigers under the helm of head coach Jeremy Tosaya. Mattson said his associations with Coach Tosaya, who extended the offer to Mattson, along with the University’s location were all factors in his decision.

Mattson has a 13-year history with the sport, playing the game since he was four.

“I just find it really interesting,” he says of his long-term commitment to the game.
“There’s tons of stuff you can always improve on, it’s ever-changing, and you have to adapt and find new ways to play better.”

The son of Michael and Sherrie Mattson of Brandon played four years of club soccer at Brandon Valley and is on the Dakota Alliance U18 roster, a program he’s been involved with since he first joined Dakota Alliance’s U14 program.

While wearing the red and black for the Lynx club team, Mattson was assigned the role of striker, a position that puts him in thick of things.

“I like to be the one to the get the ball,” he said.

And it’s that display of athleticism that earned the Lynx soccer player First Team All-State and Elite 11 honors this past season. Much to his disappointment, he had to sit out his junior yer because of a broken collarbone.

Mattson said hopes to one day follow in his father’s footsteps as vice president of a bank. To do that, he’s going to double major at DWU, studying business and Spanish.





Kenny Mattson (center), a Brandon Valley High School 2013 senior, inked his future to play soccer for the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers next fall. He's pictured with his parents, Sherrie and Michael Mattson of Brandon. Submitted photo



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