Lunt Continues Golden Bear Legacy

By Spencer Schloss

Kyle Lunt didn't waste much time choosing a college to attend after his high school graduation. A Modesto, Calif., native Lunt decided to attend California and begin his collegiate soccer career. Lunt also would be following in the footsteps of his mother and cousin, who both graduated from Cal.

"I wanted to stay in California and after getting some offers from other schools, Cal offered me a scholarship and after that moment I knew it was a perfect fit," said Lunt.

unt's family knew that attending Cal was the right decision because of the great tradition the academic and athletic programs have.

"My mom was very happy because she always wanted me to be close to home and knew that attending Cal was a great place for my future," he said.

Lunt, who also has three sisters, knew by playing close to home that his family could attend his games regularly.

Now a redshirt junior, Lunt started playing soccer with his dad when he was five years old, and from the second he started playing, Lunt was in love with the game.

"My dad is from England, so his passion for the sport was brought to me and now I love playing everyday with my teammates," said Lunt.

Lunt, a Manchester United fan, loves watching professional soccer and analyzing what the world's best players do to be the best.

"Watching players like Wayne Rooney is amazing because they work so hard to be the best and someday my goal is to play professional soccer," Lunt said.

Lunt, a forward, has recorded one goal and one assist so far this season giving him three points on the year, but Lunt isn't interested in filling his stat line if the team isn't winning.

"Our goal is to win the Pac-12, and right now we are heading into a big weekend that we know are must win games," said Lunt.

Last weekend the Bears faced off against Oregon State and Washington at home, and go on the road to face the same two teams this weekend.

"We have been in all our games, we just haven't finished the way we have wanted to, but we all know that the season can change at any moment," said Lunt. "These next two games are very crucial to see where our season is going. We have played alright so far, but this coming weekend we will find out what kind of team we truly are."

After redshirting during his first year, Lunt helped the Golden Bears compile an overall record of 9-8-1 in 2009. Lunt, who played in sixteen games, didn't score any goals, but was a key player starting and coming off the bench.

During his sophomore year, Lunt was a key contributor off the bench helping the Golden Bears reach a 14-2-4 record overall. Also, the Golden Bears reach the NCAA quarterfinals where they eventually lost to Akron University. "That was an awesome experience reaching the quarterfinals. Our team had such a great season and we left it all on the field," said Lunt.

A social welfare major, Lunt isn't sure what the future holds for him after his collegiate career is over. He said he hopes to continue playing the game he loves, but if his career ends Lunt knows his hard work on the pitch all these years will bring him success off the field.

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