2015 VSN BOYS CO-SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tre Pulliam, Archbishop Curley High School
The soccer tradition at Archbishop Curley is as rich and deep as any school in the Baltimore area and, over the course of that history, only one player has scored more goals than Tre Pulliam, who knocked 74 balls in the nets for the Friars over the last four years.
Pulliam, who finished just three goals shy of the school record of 77 set by former UMBC and Baltimore Blast star Giuliano Celenza, was at his best in 2015, scoring 29 times with 11 assists in leading the Friars to the MIAA A Conference Championship Game. His performance has also earned him recognition as the 2015 VSN Boys Soccer Co-Player of the Year.
Pulliam scored in 20 of the 24 games he played in 2015 and very well may have broken Celenza’s mark had he not missed the first two league games of the year because of a red card received in the 2014 playoffs. He admitted that the record certainly was a motivation.
“I just wanted to be the best. I came into this season wanting to break the school record. I wanted to get it really bad, so I just finished every chance I got,” said Pulliam.
Pulliam said he did not know much about Curley when he entered the school as a freshman, but knows he grew as a player and as a person during his four years at the school.
“I really didn’t know too much about the team. I just signed up to play at the school and wound up being in the starting lineup,” said Pulliam. “I grew over time. I used to be that nose-hard kid, trying to talk back to the coach and stuff, but then I grew, became a captain and matured.”
Curley coach Barry Stitz said Pulliam has a thirst for scoring, yet is good at setting up his teammates as well.
“Tre loves to put the ball in the back of the net. He’s not content after he scores. He wants to score again and again,” said Stitz. “Even when he misses a few chances, he doesn’t shy away from the limelight and looks for his next opportunity. Because he scores so many goals people overlook how unselfish he is. He enjoys setting up his teammates as well.”
With more honors certain to follow, Pulliam has already been named All-MIAA (4 times), All-State 1st team, NSCAA All-South (two-time selection), and a NSCAA All-American selection.
He is a member of the Baltimore Celtic Club with whom he won a national championship in 2014 and has committed to play at UMBC.
“It’s helped me a lot playing against the top kids and teams in the country,” said Pulliam of his experience with Celtic. “It has really changed me and helps me get ready for college.”
Pulliam, who scored early in the MIAA title game against McDonogh, made perhaps his two biggest plays of the year at the end of each half in the Friars semifinal victory over Calvert Hall. Scoring the tying goal in the final two minutes of the first half and setting up the game-winner with 23 seconds to play in the second.
He is clear on his goals for his career at UMBC.
“Definitely, I want to go pro, but to get the good academics,” said Pulliam. “I really want to work hard over there and develop as a player.”