Colton Swanson

Bradford’s Colton Swanson (front middle) signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his soccer career at Lock Haven University next year. Joining Colton were his parents, Pat Swanson (front, left) and Kim Swanson (front, right), as well as (back row, left to right) Bradford principal Dave Ray, Bradford athletic director Mike Erickson, Fretz middle school soccer coach Peter Butler, Bradford head soccer coach Wes Lohrman and Bradford dean of students Ken Coffman.

It’s been a soccer career to remember for Bradford Area High School’s Colton Swanson, and the soon-to-be alumnus will be continuing that athletic campaign for four more years.

Swanson signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday with Lock Haven University.

The Bradford senior said the decision was based on his relationship with LHU head coach Patrick Long.

“Coach Long is a very nice coach,” Swanson said. “He helped me throughout the (recruiting) process, and connected me with professors within my major, pre-PT (physical therapy). It was just the right choice for me.”

In the striker, the Bald Eagles, members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, are receiving Bradford’s fifth all-time scorer (54 goals), as well as Bradford’s second all-time assists leader (49). Swanson racked up those impressive numbers despite missing a significant portion of this season with an injury.

His high school coach, Wes Lohrman, credits Swanson’s work ethic for those numbers and for his ability to keep playing.

“Colton’s just one of those players that has a strong work ethic. He put in countless hours outside of our practices,” Lohrman said. “He spent a lot of time playing in Buffalo (during the offseason) and working with lots of people to develop his skills.”

That hard-working attitude was contagious amongst the Owls, Lohrman said.

“When he came back (to the team), he was very motivated, and he liked to surround himself with people that were also motivated. So he worked to get everybody moving at the same speed and same pace.”

That intensity yielded another successful season for the Owls, who finished 15-6 and won their second consecutive District 9 Class AAA title before ultimately falling in the first round of the PIAA playoffs to Franklin Regional.

It will also be something Lohrman says the Owls will miss.

“(We’ll miss) his energy, his understanding of the game and his passion for it… There are people who love the game of soccer, and he took that to another level,” he said. “We’ll miss having that around.”

Swanson joins a Lock Haven program that recently wrapped up its fourth year under Long. LHU finished the year 10-8 (7-5 PSAC), and ended the season on a four-game win streak. It was the program’s second straight winning season. The Bald Eagles also posted an impressive 7-3 mark on their home pitch this year.

His offensive abilities will be a welcome addition to a program already averaging 2.11 goals per game and finished the season with 38 goals and 26 assists.

To follow Swanson’s career at LHU in the future, visit www.golhu.com.

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