Cody Conliff had to painfully watch his senior soccer season waste away from the sidelines. An ACL injury during football season kept the South Jones keeper inactive from the game he’d grown to love.
Fortunately for Conliff, his story doesn't stop there. Late last week, Conliff signed with Jones College for a chance to continue his soccer career.
“It feels really good,” said Conliff. “I’ve been working towards this the whole time [in high school]. Having my senior season ruined had me down a little bit, but I’m excited for my next season and where it will take me.”
"Conliff fell into some misfortune this past year," added South Jones boys soccer coach Lucas Gleason. "But he kept with the rehab, and it's led him to this point."
Conliff hasn’t always been a keeper at South Jones. During his sophomore season, Gleason suggested the move to Conliff.
"During his [sophomore season] was when I put [Conliff] in at goalie," said Gleason. "He was this raw and athletic kid [as a sophomore], who fell in love with it. Since then, he's perfected his craft."
"I was originally a field player," added Conliff. "Coach Gleason, who was in his first year at the time, asked me about the move. I trained for it prior to the season, and one night during the season, I was thrown into it. It felt natural. It became something I fell in love with."
Conliff attended several soccer camps at Jones College over the years, where relationships with the coaching staff grew into an offer and eventually led to his signing.
“It’s close to home,” said Conliff. “I attended multiple camps at Jones and got to know the coaches. Things happened from there.”
"[A few years ago] Conliff joined a [soccer] club outside of South Jones to perfect his craft," added Gleason. "So the coaches [at Jones] know what he's about, and the type of person Conliff is. That's kind of what gave him this opportunity. Conliff did have a senior season, but the coaches at Jones have seen him play over the years and know what kind of kid he is and [what talents he has]. Conliff will do well at the next level."