Junior Luke Chapman debuts on ESPN, looks to golf for future career



Junior and soccer midfielder Luke Chapman was featured on The Entertainment Sports and Programming Network for his winning goal against the Colorado School of Mines. 

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Nov. 17, 2014

Brandon Applehans
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Oct. 22 was a memorable day for men’s soccer midfielder Luke Chapman.

The team hosted Colorado School of Mines in a game that went into overtime.

Off a corner kick in overtime, Chapman missed, got the ball back and flew a shot into the top left corner past the goalkeeper. His shot won the game for UCCS, but that wasn’t the only excitement Chapman would receive.

The Entertainment Sports and Programming Network would soon play Chapman’s game winning goal on their segment of “Top 10 Plays in Your Neighborhood.

But Chapman felt that their three-game win streak was the most important matter at hand at the time.

“Everyone aspires to be on ESPN, or to make it big. I was just happy to help out the team and get that win,” he said.

Chapman didn’t notice his ESPN moment until a close friend told him he was a neighborhood celebrity.

“The very first person that talked to me about it was actually over Facebook,” he said. “He was like ‘Hey man I saw you on ESPN.’ It was crazy.” Chapman still enjoys the camaraderie of the team even though the season is over.

“My favorite part is hanging out with the boys,” he said. “We’ve always been such a close team.” Aside from his involvement with soccer, Chapman aspires to be involved in another sport one day: golf.

“I actually just changed my major to international business and marketing,” he said. “I would love to one day go into something golf oriented. I just heard about the PGM program which is a great possibility.”

Though his future career choice may land him in golf, Chapman’s focus for now remains on soccer.

“Ever since I was a little kid I have been writing papers about what I want to be doing in the future,” he said. “It’s always been college soccer for me and I’ve always wanted to play. I thank God that I’m here.”

Chapman knew he was going to play soccer his whole life, but his debut in collegiate soccer did not happen at UCCS.

“I originally went to Midwestern my first year and didn’t like it down there,” he said. “I knew I wanted to play soccer. Over that summer I ran into one of my friends that went here for soccer and he recruited me to come to UCCS.”

The men’s soccer team fell in penalty kicks to Colorado Mines in the RMAC Championship on Nov. 9 and they did not receive a berth in the national tournament, ending their season. are secretly wonderful and limitless.”