South Deerfield’s Husted wraps up soccer career at WNE

  • Western New England University goalkeeper Dylan Husted tracks the ball in net during his senior year for the Golden Bears. The South Deerfield native and Frontier Regional School alum closed out his soccer career at WNE this fall. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/WNE ATHLETICS


Staff Writer
Published: 11/20/2019 9:28:00 PM
Modified: 11/20/2019 9:27:51 PM

Senior years tend to go by in the blink of an eye, which has been the case for Western New England’s Dylan Husted.

The South Deerfield native is nearing the end of his second-to-last semester of college and just completed his final season on the Golden Bears’ soccer team.

The team’s starting goalkeeper, Husted posted an 8-4-1 record for WNE as the team finished with a 12-6-2 overall mark.

“Wasn’t too bad of a year,” Husted said. “Started off stronger than I finished. It wasn’t too bad. We had a pretty good year.”

The Golden Bears dropped their season-opener to Babson, but went on a roaring run following the loss. They went 7-0-1 in the month of September, including impressive out-of-conference wins over Trinity and Brandeis.

Husted finished the year with 35 saves and 15 goals allowed.

Despite a great season, WNE fell to Nichols in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

“I would have liked to have gone further in the postseason,” Husted said. “The conference was wide open so we thought we were in a good spot.”

Husted’s freshman year was his most successful with the program. The Golden Bears won the 2016 CCC championship over Wentworth, securing a spot in the NCAA Div. 3 tournament where they fell in the opening round to Brandeis.

Despite not playing in any games, the Frontier Regional School alum got a chance to acclimate to the higher level of competition during practice.

“It’s hard to stick with at first,” Husted said. “It’s a whole different level of soccer. The competitiveness, every game means so much. It’s a different feeling. You’re feeling the competitiveness all the time. It’s a whole different level of players. You have to get adjusted to it.”

After not making any appearances as a freshman, Husted made six saves in two appearances his sophomore year and then made five starts and nine appearances his junior year, coming away with 16 saves and three wins.

Husted isn’t alone in leaving the Golden Bear program, as 11 other seniors are set to graduate in what was a tight senior class.

More than soccer, it’s the relationships Husted made that will stick with him the longest. The camaraderie led to this fall being his favorite year with the team.

“It’s pretty much who I hang out with,” Husted said of the team. “My four years were amazing. Soccer aside, the friendships I made along the way is all I could ask for. The guys you meet from different areas, it’s amazing. This year, even though it wasn’t as successful as other years, just the group of guys and the momentum we had going made it my favorite season.”

Having played soccer since kindergarten, Husted doesn’t know what falls will be like away from the field.

Beside the games and winning, the thing he will miss most from the sport is the competitiveness. He and a few teammates joined an intramural basketball team to stay active and to keep those competitive juices flowing.

“It’s weird to think it’s over,” Husted said. “It felt a little weird at the last game knowing I won’t play competitively again. It doesn’t hit you at first. It’s starting to set in now seeing the younger guys going to workouts and practices.”

Majoring in criminal justice, Husted plans to apply to the police academy after graduation, with classes set to begin in July.

Like most college seniors, he can’t believe his four years at WNE are coming to a close in May.

“Freshman year drags through as you’re getting used to everything,” Husted said. “Then it flies by after that. Don’t take it for granted.”

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