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Player signs with Wesleyan
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John Lund, with family and coaches, signs a soccer scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan College. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

One Dawson County High School student is showing that comebacks can happen.

Senior Josh Lund signed to continue his playing career with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn. on Friday.

Wesleyan is currently ranked No. 23 for soccer in the country this year and is expected to be in the top 10 next year.

"Josh has had a great career with us. When I first heard we had a player from Chile and how good he was, I rushed to get him on the team," Dawson County High School Soccer Coach Jed Lacey said.

"First time he came out, he couldn't kick the ball straight. But he worked really hard and the next year he broke the school scoring record with 18 points in a year."

Lund finished this season with 21 goals, breaking his own record, and eight assists. Overall, he has 49 goals over the four years he has played with Dawson County High School.

"Our record since Lund has been here is 44 and 24," Lacey said. "We've made four appearances at the state playoffs - all four years since he's been here. He had a lot to do with that."

"When we came back into this country, the first thing we said is that we need to get Josh back in shape," his father, Aksel Lund, said. "He had taken a two year break from this sport. That's why he couldn't kick when we got her."

However, being out of practice wasn't Lund's only obstacle he had to overcome, according to his father.

"A few years ago, he almost lost his leg in an accident. We thought that was it. He trained hard and even tried to get back onto the field before he had recovered," he said. "We had to keep him tied up almost to keep him back and had to come to every practice to make sure he wasn't trying to play. But he trained hard during and outside of practice. He pushed himself to get back. We're proud of him both athletically and academically."

At the signing, Lund said that he was extremely thankful for his parents, coach and friends for getting him to where he is today.

"I just really want to thank Coach Lacey for the past four years and everything he has done for me. I love him as a coach and as a person," he said. "My parents really supported me, too. I just love them all."