Deer Creek’s Matt McLaws – Edmond Area Boys Soccer Player of the Month – Presented by Iron Nation Harley-Davidson

Edmond Area Boys Soccer Player of the Month – Presented by Iron Nation Harley-Davidson

Matt McLaws – Deer Creek, 12,800 votes

Grayson Sykes – Edmond Memorial, 5,250 votes

Keaton Johnson – Edmond North, 2,395 votes

Other athletes receiving votes include T.J. Rolfs – Edmond North, Edgar Rivas – Edmond Santa Fe, Eddie Mbosowo – Edmond North, Preston Nelson – Heritage Hall, and Chandler Newton – Piedmont.

Matt McLaws – Deer Creek

Soccer is part of the McLaws’ tradition, lifestyle, and history. The oldest sibling Melissa, played for the Army West Point, Shawn, the second oldest, was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in 2015, and the youngest, Matt, just signed for Southern Methodist University this last November.

This sport marked some of the most significant moments of this family, but more chapters are about to be written with the bright future that waits for the 17-year-old attacking midfielder. How did the youngest of the McLaws end up receiving offers from many schools around the nation? Intelligence, technique, and speed are some of the traits Matt brings to the game.

“He is typically the most dangerous player on the field regardless who we are playing,” Deer Creek head coach Zach Stephens said. “Matt has the ability to greatly impact any game he is in and is the driving factor that will determine our program’s overall success this season.”

So far this season, Matt registers 11 goals and six assists. Numbers expected for a talented player, especially one with a remarkable record history like his. As a freshman, he played as a right back on a team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation, time in which he scored four goals. Impressive. The following year he found the net 10 times while as a junior he led the team with 16 goals. Rivals now know about this.

“He is often man marked by other teams,” Stephens said. “We like to move him around to unbalance teams when they try to man mark him.”

And it works. Deer Creek’s ultimate strategy of counterattack is well complemented by Matt’s movements in front, his ability to create chances for his teammates and more importantly, to score goals.

“It is just a massive feeling of pride and pure emotion,” Matt said. “As soon as the ball hits the net you watch as the other team drops their head in disappointment and it gets your team going.”

Benefited by Matt’s performances and Deer Creek’s offensive momentum, the team enjoys of a 7-2 overall record and seeks to accomplish big goals this season. And while there is just a little bit more time before he departs on to new challenges, Matt wants to continue playing the sport he loves the most at what has been a second home during all his life.

“Brings out pure joy in me because it is my favorite thing to do in the world,” Matt said. “A lot of pride and passion in me as well, to just go battle and win.”