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North Point grad Lee signs to play Division I soccer at military school
By AJ MASON
When asked what he will miss about Peter Lee, North Point High School head varsity boys soccer coach Gary Lesko simply said that “he’s just a flat-out soccer player,” and for good reason.
No matter where Lee was on the field, he always made his presence felt offensively and defensively when the ball was in the air or on the ground.
Lee recently took his talents to play Division I men’s soccer at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., commonly referred to as the Army.
The North Point graduate recently finished up a five-week boot camp and mentioned that preseason workouts are now under way for the Black Knights.
Lee, who will be playing under head coach Russell Payne, was excited to sign to the school.
“The coaching staff is great and West Point has a fantastic program,” Lee said. “There are a lot of benefits and it is going to take a lot of commitment. I love the team and the players; it’s just an overall and fun-friendly environment.”
Lee pointed out what led to his decision in choosing West Point, whose soccer team finished 7-10-1 overall last season.
“West Point has one of the best schools in the country academically and the campus is just beautiful,” he said. “For soccer, we are going to be a team on the rise. We have a lot of young players and a mix of older players, so it should be interesting. It’s up in the mountains and right on the river. The facilities are the top of the line.”
For the 17-year-old Lee, being at West Point is a great opportunity where he will serve in the Army for four years and be commissioned as an officer when he graduates. From there, he will serve five more years in the Army.
“You can’t beat it,” said Lee, who is thinking of studying engineering. “There are numerous benefits and college is free, plus during my four years I get a paycheck every month.”
As a senior at North Point, Lee was one of six Eagles who boasted All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference team honors. He was an All-SMAC and All-County first-team selection last fall.
Lee helped lead the unit to a 12-3-1 overall mark with a second-place finish in SMAC at 10-1-1, advancing to the Class 4A East Region semifinals. In his final campaign as a top-notch defender for the Eagles, he registered two goals and dished out six assists with his unselfish ability to create opportunities for his teammates.
North Point’s motto was always to “Do Work” on the field. For Lee, doing work was no surprise as he also transferred that to the classroom.
Lee graduated with a 4.0 GPA at North Point.
“Peter is a just an overall soccer player when it comes down to it,” Lesko said. “He’s smart and really reads the game well, he will stick out. He’s has good ball skills and is just a stud in the back. He will be missed on our defense.”
Lee, who will play defender and in the midfield at times under Payne, is ready for the opening game of his college career on Aug. 18 when Army hosts Boston University.
That day also will be special because it is also parents’ day, so Lee will be able to see his family.
“We are very proud of our son,” said Lee’s father, Sung Lee, who served in the Korean Army for three years. “Peter has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old. We appreciate the opportunity that he’s gotten for serving in the military. He’s worked very hard in becoming a West Point soccer player.”
Lee, who also grew up playing for MD United in Waldorf under coach Rodney Fugitt, starred on the DC United Academy U-16 and U-18 teams during his high school career.
Lee, who was a four-year starter on the varsity squad and co-captain in his final two seasons with the team, noted that he will miss his North Point family.
“There was a lot of school spirit there,” he said. “I will miss my teammates, the teachers and the staff; they were all great people,”