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South Lakes High School Senior to Sign Soccer Deal with Virginia Tech

by RestonNow.com February 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm 8 Comments

Virginia Tech’s soccer team inked a deal with a South Lakes High School senior this week.

Kahlil Dover signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

His love for soccer jumped from a family backyard to local clubs where he refined his skills under coaches Ken Duffy, Ben Mork and Kevin McKenna.

For the last two years, he played with Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) in Springfield. Under the guidance of coaches Chris Jennings and Brian Welsh, Kahlil said he was pushed to “rise to the next level.”

Dover earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last year. With Braddock Road Elite 99, he won a U.S. Youth Soccer National League National Championship, scoring the game’s final goal. He also helped a BRYC team advance to the finals of the 2017 Virginia State Cup.

He said he was especially thankful for his family, friends and coaches. His younger brother and sister “essentially lived on the soccer field since the first weeks they were born,” he said.

During high school, I’ve enjoyed kicking for South Lakes football under Coach Trey Taylor, swinging a golf club under Coach Carol Molesky and playing soccer under Coach Marty Pfister and Coach Fred Kyle. Coach John Pinkman and Steve Baldwin were very helpful to my family and me in navigating college sports recruiting.

When he’s off the soccer field, Kahlil plans to study business and criminal justice.

SLHS rescheduled an official signing for other students this week. A new date has not been announced.

Photo via Margaret Perry

  • Tammi Petrine

    Exciting news for a super nice and very talented young man… We wish him well in the next chapter of his life at Va Tech!

  • ScogginHomeTeam

    Congratulations, Kahlil! Go Hokies!

  • Greg

    Congratulations and best of luck!

  • RestonAssurance

    Congratulations, Kahlil! Best of luck on an exciting new adventure!

  • Melissa Gifford

    Congratulations and welcome to Hokie nation!

  • Nxt stop

    Manchester United!

  • Sridhar Ganesan

    Hi Kahlil, Congratulations! You are a talented and very polite young man that lets his hard work, commitment and accomplishments speak for themselves. I have tracked your successes for many years and I am very proud for you. Thank you for demonstrating that you can get there by being a nice guy. Good luck with your next phase at VTech.

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