Wallenpaupack Area soccer star will continue his athletic career at Lock Haven University
Wallenpaupack Area keeper Thomas McLain recently was awarded a scholarship to attend Lock Haven University.
There, he plans to major in Civil Engineering and mind the net for the Bald Eagles’ soccer team.
This past season, McLain helped lead the Buckhorns to the PIAA District 2 finals where they took home silver medals.
As a senior, he clocked 903 minutes between the pipes making 79 saves and giving up only 17 goals.
With fellow senior keeper Liam Cunningham, they combined for nine shutouts giving the Purple and White a 9-2-2 Lackawanna League record.
Also adept in the field, McLain posted two goals and two assists putting him fourth in points among Paupack shooters this past year.
“I’m happy to be going to Lock Haven,” McLain said.
“They have experienced coaching and the head coach has played in the English Premier League. They play an English style game there, which is very possession based.
“I’ve attended their soccer camp for high school players several years too, so I’ve got some experience with their players.”
In addition to Lock Haven, McLain was also scouted by Mercyhurst, Penn State-Berks, Bloomsburg, and most recently, Keystone.
However, with a scholarship offer on the table (and being the leading candidate for a starting goalie’s position at Lock Haven) the choice was an obvious one.
While he took two years off to give the gridiron a shot, McLain has been pretty much dedicated to the pitch since he started playing U6 soccer.
Thomas lives and breathes soccer.
When he’s not playing for the Buckhorns he plays in the indoor league at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.
When he’s not doing that he plays with an indoor travel league that calls Waymart home.
When he’s not doing that he plays in the spring travel league. If he’s not playing, he’s coaching or helping youth teams and clinics.
“He’s very committed,” said Thomas’ mother, Patricia. “He takes it so seriously.”
If that weren’t enough, his father, Barry, added that Thomas recently tried out for the Electric City Shock, a fourth tier amateur club based in Scranton.
This prestigious squad plays in the US Soccer league system, which includes professional teams such as those in Major League Soccer and the North American Soccer League.
“Thomas has taken advantage of every opportunity that has come his way,” stated Buckhorns Head Coach Scott Bonagura.
“He progressed as we progressed over the past four years. He went from getting pummeled, to getting district wins, to getting district wins at home, and finally taking second place in the district championships.
“Tom plays at a higher level, but his success comes from effort.”