By Erin Brown, Free Press Sports editor
Gorham native Travis Grant chose USM for a number of reasons: “It made the most sense economically and it allowed me to continue playing soccer with a lot of friends all while being close to home.” Travis has played soccer for the Huskies since he came to University of Southern Maine three years ago.
Soccer is a newer sport for him, as he only started playing his junior year of high school. Track was originally Travis’s main sport throughout his time at Gorham High School. In fact, he spent his sophomore year as a dual athlete when he participated in track and field during the spring months. As his workload picked up, he found it difficult to juggle being a two-sport athlete and decided just to focus on soccer. He says he decided to choose soccer over track and field because it was more enjoyable for him.
On the field, Travis sees his speed as one of his strengths athletically. The junior midfielder has appeared in all seven of the Huskies games so far in the 2016 season. When asked what he thinks he brings to the field other than athletics, Travis said, “I guess I consider myself dedicated and really committed to my teammates.” Friends and teammates of Travis all describe him as hardworking, which goes for his actions both on and off the field.
His hard work was used on a different field as well, as Travis spent the past summer working on his family’s farm, Findview Farm, located right in Gorham. Additionally, to work towards his degree in athletic training he began logging in clinical hours last semester starting with the Portland High School athletic department, and this year has started with the Windham High School football team.
He says he picked his major of athletic training because of his love of sports and wanting to stay involved: “I played sports my whole life and I just thought it would be a good way to give back to sports.” Travis and the Huskies are eager to notch their first win of the season in the upcoming weeks. Men’s soccer will be home again Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m.