Zach Reget: Ready to reprise remarkable rookie season
In a strange kind of way, the most important year in the soccer development of Zach Reget came when he never even appeared in a game.
The current Major Arena Soccer League Rookie-of-the-Year – who scored 22 goals last season and was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Ambush – was part of the that team's reserve squad two years ago, practicing regularly with the Midwestern squad but never appearing in even one game.
Given his chance at the start of the 2018-19 season, he exploded onto the pro indoor soccer scene. After being held scoreless over the first two games in Orlando and Lakeland, the Trinity University standout scored two goals in each of the next three games – part of run of 15 goals in 11 games – to announce his arrival.
Yet he says it was his time on the practice pitch which helped him the most in his development.
“Outdoor and indoor is a very different game, and I learned that in that first year. Hewerton is a great coach and Jamie Swanner helped me develop into a target rather quickly,” Reget said. “I'm definitely blessed that they didn't rush me in and having them help me get my feet under me and letting me go about it the right way.”
With the first day of camp on Oct. 22. Reget said the last month has been different that what he experienced in St. Louis.
“Training camp has been a complete 180 compared to last year going into it,” Reget said. “The dynamic is 'we're here to grind, we're here to get better. We're here before everyone else for a reason.' We're trying to accomplish a goal and trying to create that championship culture right away.”
Although not huge, at 6-0, 200 pounds, Reget still plays a physical brand which is perfect for the indoor game.
“I take a lot of pride in and am devoted to nutrition and getting myself ready for each season,” Reget added. “In high school I was like 5-8, 150, so I learned how to play smaller than everyone else. Then over time I grew and got the stature for it. I'm still that feisty little one, just in a bigger body.”
Like many of the newcomers, Reget was a star in St. Louis, but not surrounded by the type of talent he now finds himself next to with the Tropics. That too can be an adjustment.
He did play some outdoor games this summer in Chicago with Gordy Gurson and Stefan Mijatovic which has helped in the adjustment.
“There's a lot of big time players here and sometimes you have to remind yourself you're here for a reason, and you're here because they want you,” he added.