- 4 year classic player
- 3 year premier player
- 4 year varsity athlete
- ODP Region III player
- Central Piedmont Conference (CPC) All-conference player
- All-region player
- Forsyth Cup Champion
- Central Piedmont Conference Champion
- NCHSAA 4A State Champion
Getting to Know Brayden
The Early Years
Brayden’s love for the game of soccer began at the age of three when he joined his first recreational team. From the start, it was obvious that he would stick with the sport throughout his life. Beginning in the third grade, Brayden started playing for the Onslow County Youth Soccer Association’s youth academy in Jacksonville, NC. The professional and quality atmosphere at OCSA games and training sessions was nothing like he had experienced before. Beginning with the first practice, Brayden knew that from then on, he was playing soccer not only for fun, but he was also playing with the goal of becoming the best player that he could possibly be. The coaches placed great emphasis on the technical side of the game, making sure that each player was fundamentally sound.
Before sixth grade, Brayden and his family moved to Winston-Salem, where he first joined the Twin City family. Following tryouts in 2008, Brayden, grateful to have been chosen for a classic team, was given a spot on ‘96 Twins Silver under Coach Tony Sabio. The following season, he progressed to the Twins Blue team, where he played under Coach Andy Tate for his U13 and U14 seasons. During his freshman year of high school, Brayden was granted a spot on ’96 Twins White under Coach John Stubblefield. Having been through the entire Twins classic progression, he had a plethora of lessons, tactics and memories to take away from his Twins experience. It was during these years that Brayden became engrained in the midfielder’s role. Learning how to play the “Twins Way”, a style of play based off of a FC Barcelona, “build-out-of-the-back” foundation, was ultimately what allowed him to excel in his role as a midfielder. During this time, Brayden also came to the realization that spending time with the ball outside of practice and games was absolutely essential when trying to progress as a player.
He played on the premier team for two years and then progressed to the elite team for his final season of club soccer.
Playing for NC Fusion, Brayden was exposed to the most elite and professional environment in all of club soccer.
With regards to high school soccer, Brayden was a four year Varsity athlete at Reagan High School, playing under Coach Paul Hicks. Playing varsity as a freshman was no easy task. At 5’4’’ 115 lbs, it was like a boy playing among men for Brayden. However, the physicality and ability to hold his own that he displayed was a large deciding factor in making the cut for the varsity squad. Brayden continued to develop as a player throughout his high school career.
Brayden always had aspirations to play soccer competitively beyond his high school year. In September of 2014, he signed to play college soccer at Guilford College under Coach Jeff Bateson, fulfilling a dream that he had since he was a young player.
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