Methodist background leads Lee to Monarchs

May. 22, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

There was not a lot Ledford’s Josh Lee had to do in finding a college to attend. His family background did much of the work for him.
The four-year, all-conference performer will attend Methodist University in Fayetteville to play soccer next fall. Coming from a Methodist family, it only seemed natural that the Monarchs were a perfect fit. His mother is a Methodist minister in Denton and his father looked up Methodist for Lee to attend camp. Lee took care of the rest, keeping in constant contact with the coaching staff before committing recently.
“My mom is a Methodist minister so that stuck out a little bit,” Lee said. “I went down for camp this summer and spent personal time with the coaching staff and ended up liking it.”
Lee — an all-region selection his senior year — maintained a busy schedule during his four years as a Panther. In addition to his duties as an outside back for LHS, he has stayed busy playing club soccer with the Piedmont-Triad Football Club.
The Ledford program made a steady climb while Lee participated on the pitch. His freshman year they won five games, then won six a year later. Lee’s junior year was one of the best in recent memory for the Panthers. They won 18 games, advancing to the third round of the playoffs. This past year they advanced to the second round.
“It was phenomenal to go from six wins to 18,” said Lee. “The personnel changed a little bit, but I think mostly it had to do with the work ethic of the players that we had. It took us a few years to instill the soccer culture here that we are going to be good regardless of who leaves and comes.”
Lee will join a Methodist program that is coming off a successful year. An NCAA Division III school, they won the USA South Tournament beating Greensboro 1-0, before losing to Stevens 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. They finished 15-3-3 overall.
After recently suffering an ankle injury, Lee spent a month in a boot while the foot healed. During that time he made an official visit to meet his future teammates before deciding. He had additional offers from Greensboro and Lees-McRae.
“Methodist just seemed to be a perfect fit for me.”

Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or kepley@tvilletimes.com.