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No. 5 (Male) - Dustin Downey

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County Rebels have seen several talented players come through the program. One of them seems to stand out from the rest.

Dustin Downey has been playing soccer his entire life. He began playing at OCHS as a freshman and played until he graduated in 2005. The first two years of his soccer career, the Rebels had losing seasons. During his junior and senior seasons, however, the team enjoyed success as they finished 9-9 both seasons. In 2004, with the help of Downey the Rebels reached the 25th District championship game before falling to Woodford County. The opening round win over Franklin County was the first time an Owen County team had won a District Tournament game.

During his senior season, Downey led the state in assists with 22 while scoring 13 goals. For his work in the classroom, he was named KHSAA Academic All-State. Also while at Owen County he was named to the NSCAA Adidas All-American Team.

Soccer was not his only sport. He played basketball from his freshman year through his junior year. He kicked for the football team and ran cross country as a senior.

Not only did Downey enjoy success in high school, but he was a member of another team that performed very well on the soccer field. Downey played for the Javanon Soccer Club that captured the U-19 National Championship in 2006. Javanon 87 captured the title by defeating teams from Philadelphia, Miami and Southern California. In the championship game that was played in Iowa, Downey scored the team’s second goal in the 3-2 victory. The team also reached the finals in 2003.

Downey received a scholarship to Western Kentucky University to play soccer. He played for the Hilltoppers for three seasons before the program was dissolved. During his time in Bowling Green, Downey was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman team in 2005. He was also named Honorable Mention All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2006. While at WKU, Downey recorded five goals.

The program was disbanded following Downey’s junior year. “That was heartbreaking,” said Downey of the day he and his teammates found out they no longer had a team to play for.

That summer Downey became a member of the Cincinnati Kings. The team is in the Premier Development League of the United Soccer League. In 16 games he scored a goal and had an assist.

 The end of his career at WKU opened up another exciting opportunity for Downey. Downey transferred to Northern Kentucky University where he finished his college career in grand fashion. Downey started all 23 games in 2008 with the Norse, totaling a goal and two assists. For the OCHS grad, it was a good year to be a member of the team as NKU won the Regional Tournament and advanced all the way to the National Semifinals in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Downey currently lives in Bowling Green where in 2009 he was the Assistant Boys’ Soccer Coach at Greenwood High School. The team reached the State Championship game before losing to St. Xavier 4-1. This season, Downey will be the Assistant Girls’ Coach for Greenwood.

His parents are Dave and Kellie Downey. His brother, Jordan, also enjoyed success as a member of the soccer and basketball teams while at Owen County High School.