WILLIAMSTOWN -The versatility of Joseph Krupinski can't be measured in goals and assists. Rather, the senior from Wood County Christian is the type of utility player who has enabled the Wildcats to jump out to a 4-0 start.
Last week, Krupinski was recognized as MaxPreps/NSCAA Player of the Week for boys soccer in the state of West Virginia.
"I was really surprised about the award," Krupinski said. "I know soccer is a team sport and I knew my team helped get me that award. I could not have received it without them."
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Wood County Christian senior Joseph Krupinski was named MaxPreps/NSCAA Player of the Week for the state of West Virginia. The Wildcats' soccer team is off to a 4-0 start.
Krupinski spent his junior year rotating between sweeper and striker. This year, he has primarily spent his time as a defender but contributed as an attacker and midfielder on occasion.
"Joseph plays anywhere I need him," WCCS coach Caleb Frink said. "About the only place he doesn't play is goalkeeper. In a perfect world, I would like to play him in the midfield. He has the speed and endurance for that.
"But right now, he is too valuable as a defender, so that's where I have him playing."
Krupinski, who is the lone senior on the team and has four goals to his credit, began playing soccer at the very early age of 3 at the Warren High School fields. So far, the sport has stuck. He also starts for the WCCS boys basketball team.
"I want to play any position just so that we get a 'W' on the board," Krupinski said. "As far as playing defender, I enjoy getting the ball out and clearing it."
Several other WCCS players are worthy of the award Krupinski received. They include midfielder Landon Mahoney, striker D.J. Spencer and keeper Josh Morris.
"D.J. is an offensive presence," Krupinski said. "He brings a lot of energy and speed to the frontline. Without Josh Morris, teams would be scoring like crazy. He's a great keeper. And Landon Mahoney has a lot of finesse and grace to go along with great footwork."
Krupinski has a sister who is enjoying an impressive season on the volleyball court. With Demichelle Krupinski as one of their top hitters, the Wildcats were 4-1 through Tuesday's matches.
"She is a very dominant force in volleyball," Joseph Krupinski said. "She has a dangerous spike that I don't want to be in the way of that. Volleyball is a very scary sport when you are on the net."