UNION TWP. | Cameron Foor was sure that if he ever got his chance to shine, he’d certainly deliver for the Wheeler boys soccer team.
He thought those moments would come over the last two years, yet he never had the breakout season he envisioned. It wasn’t until Foor was forced into a leadership role with the Indiana Magic last spring that the now-senior forward found his niche.
Playing on a team of younger players, Foor found the confidence he needed to be the go-to goal scorer. When the situation presented itself for Foor to step forward for the Bearcats this fall, he was ready.
“I was just really nervous over the last couple years,” he said. “There were other players that I could depend on. Once people started depending on me, that really boosted my confidence.”
Wheeler coach David Bock never lacked confidence in Foor and when circumstances pushed the senior to the forefront of the offense this season, Bock never wavered in his support.
“I had an idea of what was going to happen,” Bock said. “I had a conversation with Cameron and it was a little bit tough for him at first. When he played with the Magic, he was their hope up front and that made him realize he was pretty good.”
Foor began the season in a tough match against E.C. Central and by halftime the senior had tallied two goals. The Bearcats ultimately lost the match 6-2, but in the process, they gained a confident goal scorer.
“By halftime of that first game," Foor said, "I knew I could do this."
Foor has scored 26 more goals since the season opener, including four in last weekend’s 9-1 sectional championship win over Washington Township. The win pushes the Bearcats to a rematch with Andrean in tonight's semifinals of the Class A LaVille Regional. Wheeler has some history with the 59ers this season, as it was the only match in which the Bearcats were shut out. Foor has been spending every minute he can practicing for what he expects to be a challenging rematch.
“I’ve been training a lot in how to handle being man-marked,” Foor said. “It’s the best feeling when teams game plan for you, but it starts all in practice. I need to demand the ball and help create some opportunities.”
Much like his senior goal scorer, Bock is also brimming with confidence that the Bearcats can deliver a better showing in their second performance against the 59ers.
“It’s going to be a chess match,” Bock said. “I’m looking forward to that. They’ve got a lot of talent up front, in the back and down the middle. We hope to be able to step up, stick with them and take our chances.”