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Kyle Parker kicks off Marvin Ridge's attack

Senior midfielder Kyle Parker has been a big part of Marvin Ridge's offense since he was a freshman.

Now Parker is looking to close out his high school soccer career as a champion.

Parker won his first state title as an under-10 player for the Charlotte Soccer Academy. He was a 2005 state champion on the '93 Gold team and a 2001 state finalist.

Parker also played on teams that won back-to-back state championships in 2008 and 2009, Southern Region Championships and were United States Youth Soccer national championship qualifiers.

"I have the mentality that we can come back from any situation," Parker said. "I try to not let losing enter my mind. I think coming out of tough situations in the past gives me an advantage. No matter if we are up or down a goal, I try to remain the same. I have been in tough situations before and don't worry about it when we get down."

He also has played on Marvin Ridge teams that have had success. The team is a three-time conference champion and, in 2009, went 22-2-1 and won the state title.

"Kyle is an all-conference, all-region and all-state player, and there is a lot of pressure that goes with that," said Maverick head coach Ray Fumo. "He now has to take it up a notch, but he has won everywhere he has been."

Parker said last year he felt like a senior and increased his leadership role. The Mavericks are coming off a 15-5-2 record.

This year, they're looking for replacements for the back of their defense, but the offense looks to be in great shape.

"I am always looking to attack when I have the ball, looking for any small window I can find," Parker said. "I am not a one-on-one man and look for my teammates as much as I can. It doesn't matter who scores, and I like to create chances for others, but I take my shots when they are there."

Parker, who carries a 3.6 grade point average, hasn't decided where he'll play collegiate soccer.

He may have options. He has gotten the eye of UNC Charlotte, where his former Charlotte Soccer Academy coach Jeremy Gunn is the head coach. High Point, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, West Virginia and St. John's.

Fumo said he knew Parker was going to be a great player.

"Kyle was in a supporting role the first couple of years for us, but has become a great leader," Fumo said. "He has won everywhere he has been and guys see that and respond to him. We need him to be that player who refuses to lose and have his influence lead us."

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