Miles Colago Brings Leadership Qualities For Calvin Men’s Soccer Team
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan
With nine shutouts so far this season, the key to the success of the Calvin men’s soccer team thus far has been strong defense and keeping the ball out of their own net. One reason for Calvin’s strong defense is senior starter Miles Colago.
Colago hails from Anoka, MN, and is a graduate of Anoka High School. In addition to playing soccer at Calvin, Colago has also competed in track for one year for the Knights as a hurdler.
The Knights have started off the season at 12-3-1, and Colago is a main reason why. Colago was named Third Team All-American by D3soccer.com last season as a junior, aiding the Knights in a run to the National Quarterfinals. Colago was also named First Team All-MIAA and Second Team NSCAA All-Central Region in 2010.
Colago is not only a great defensive player, but also a scoring threat on throw-ins and corner kicks. Colago has three goals so far this season along with career totals of 10 goals and three assists. Colago hopes that this team can continue to improve while taking the next step nationally, pushing toward a National Championship. The Knights are currently ranked 23rd in Division III.
A Secondary Education major with an English concentration and International Development minor, Colago is a strong student and twice has been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. After graduating, Colago hopes to teach abroad. He would then like to go into inner-city education.
Of course, being a strong student and excelling athletically can be challenging. When asked how he balances his time as a student-athlete, Colago initially replied, “I sleep less.” He then added, “I make sure to structure my schedule. I do my homework in the afternoons.”
Currently atop the MIAA standings with a 8-1-1 record, Calvin looks to continue its push toward post-season play as it wraps up its final four conference games of the season before the MIAA tournament. The Knights defense has allowed only five goals to conference opponents so far this season.