Tyler Anderson faced a difficult decision after his junior year at Jefferson High School. Should he remain a member of the Jaguar boys soccer team or try to enhance his skill levels while competing with the Minnesota Thunder Development Academy’s under-17/18 squad.
Anderson was a major contributor and starter on the Jefferson soccer team during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. But he decided to accept the challenge of competing for Minnesota Academy and that decision made him ineligible for his senior varsity season at Jefferson.
Anderson, a center midfielder, missed out on playing with his former Jaguar teammates in the state high school tournament last fall. But he doesn’t regret his decision to join the Minnesota Thunder program. He believes he earned a Division I college soccer scholarship at the University of Michigan partly because of his association with the Thunder.
“It was hard not being part of Jefferson’s state tournament team last fall,” said Larson. “But playing for Minnesota Thunder Academy helped showcase me to college coaches.
“We played a league schedule against teams from Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin and participated in tournaments all around the country.
“That is how University of Michigan coaches found out about me. They watched me play with the Minnesota Thunder. Then they gave me a call and offered me a scholarship. I accepted their offer because of Michigan’s strong academic and athletic programs,” added Anderson.
Anderson graduated from Jefferson in June 6 with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. He managed to stay on the A Honor Roll despite his demanding high school schedule. He plans to major in business at the Ann Arbor-based university.
“It was tough playing for Minnesota Thunder and keeping up with school work,” said Anderson. “I missed about 10 to 15 days of school while competing in various soccer events during my senior year,” said Anderson. “However, I caught up with assignments before and after school.
“That busy schedule prepared me for what to expect in college.”
Anderson earned many individual honors during his prep career and hopes to add a few more college awards at Michigan.
Anderson was an all-conference and all-state selection at Jefferson during his junior season. He was also named the Jaguars’ Most Valuable Player that season.
Anderson received Region II honors in the Olympic Development Program and traveled to Florida and Costa Rica for tournament action.
Anderson hasn’t been able to sharpen his soccer skills this summer while recovering from ankle surgery in April.
“I’ve been through physical therapy sessions and the ankle is fine,” said Anderson. “I sprained the ankle a couple years ago and kept re-injuring it until doctors told me I needed surgery to repair ligaments.
“But now I am ready for action and excited about playing soccer at Michigan this fall.”
The 18-year-old Anderson is the son of Wade and Lara Anderson. Tyler has a sister Ashley attending Colorado State.
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