Brian Fenster has a knack for getting to the right spot on the soccer field. The striker has five goals in 13 games, including three game-winners, for King's College (Wilke-Barre, Pennsylvania).
But for the Connetquot graduate, just getting on the field was a much bigger challenge.
"I've been having problems with concussions for quite some time," Fenster said. "It started when I was in middle school but it didn't really affect me then. I've had multiple from hockey and soccer and it affected my vision and it took a toll on my head.
"I wasn't expecting to play this year, but I couldn't take myself away from the game. I can't see myself doing anything other than playing sports."
It's been a tough road back for Fenster, but his addition to the lineup has been a windfall for the Monarchs (10-2-1).
"Over the summer, I was lifting and running and didn't have issues," Fenster said. "I just tried to take it easy and I jumped right into the season and I've had no issues. The trainer kept a close eye on me and I've been good so far."
There was a time before the season when Fenster and coach Mark Bassett thought he might not be able to return.
"He's a very determined person though, in general, and he wants to be successful in everything he does," Bassett said. "There were setbacks for two years and that motivated him to work even harder."
Fenster's best stretch came in the middle of September when he scored three goals in two games, including the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Juniata, and was named the Middle Atlantic Conference player of the week.
"He's a very unconventional player and that allows him to think differently than the defenders he's playing against," Bassett said. "It puts him in spots defenders can't anticipate him being. He thinks outside the box and he sees things differently and he becomes more difficult to defend."
Although Fenster was happy to be acknowledged by the conference, he prefers to take a team-oriented approach.
"It's an honor, but I didn't take it as anything huge," Fenster said. "I didn't want it to change the way I played. I've just been following the play and working as hard as I can to be there for my teammates. They helped me get into those positions and found me and I was able to score."