HAMPTON — Brennan Kittredge injured his knee skiing last winter. Surgery and the ensuing rehab was going to put his senior season with the Winnacunnet High School boys soccer team in doubt.
Kittredge remained dedicated to his “passion” for soccer, his teammates and his coaches. He still attended all offseason training sessions, knowing all he could do was watch from the sidelines.
The dedication he showed his teammates was returned to him when he was voted a team captain.
Kittredge continued his lengthy rehab process, missed the season’s first eight games, and ultimately got on the field on Sept. 25 in a rainstorm against Bishop Guertin at Stellos Stadium.
Kittredge found the back of the net minutes after getting on the field.
“That was definitely was the on-field highlight for him,” Winnacunnet head coach Nick Rowe said. “I think the biggest highlight for him overall was him being named a captain; although he wasn’t playing, he was showing up to everything we did in the offseason despite him not being able to do anything. The guys saw him as a leader, and he definitely was.”
Kittredge had just that one goal in his nine games this season, and finished his three-year varsity career with two goals and two assists.
His soccer career is not over, as he will play for Saint Joseph’s, a Division III school in Standish, Maine, next season
“I started playing soccer when I was 4 and have been playing ever since,” Kittredge said. “I got a lot of push from my parents to pursue my passion for as long as I could. I loved Saint Joseph’s because I loved the school, and the coaching staff was great.”
Saint Joseph’s went 21-1 last season, its only loss coming to Amherst College in the second round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament.
“I think it’s going to be a great fit for him,” Rowe said. “He had an injury early on, but battled back to play for us. He worked his tail off to come back, and he’s going to really enjoy it up there.”
Kittredge, who was accepted into the Saint Joseph’s physical therapy program, was also looking at Franklin Pierce University and Springfield College.