Kameron Bethell needed a minute before he came off the field for the final time in his college soccer career.
It was the first Sunday of November. The University of West Florida had just fallen 3-2 to Spring Hill in the championship game of the Gulf South Conference Tournament.
The loss ended the Argonauts’ hopes of making it to the NCAA tourney.
“A few tears were shed,” Bethell said. “My parents were in the crowd, but I didn’t want to go over there right away. I just wanted to sit there in silence for a moment.”
No one can blame the senior midfielder out of Navarre for his desire to be alone.
“It was a very surreal moment. A very challenging moment,” Bethell said. “It’s always hard to deal with a loss like that, but it builds character and makes you a stronger person.”
Bethell came to UWF after a brilliant career with the Raiders, helping to lead the team to a pair of district championships and establishing himself as one of the best players in Northwest Florida.
UWF was always on his radar as far as schools to play at were concerned and looking back now, four years after his decision, he has no regrets.
“I feel lucky. I feel privileged and fortunate to be able to come here,” Bethell said.
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