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Boys Soccer: Chicago Christian’s Timmermans a record-setter

Chicago Christian's Getenet Timmermans (left) | Supplied photo

Chicago Christian's Getenet Timmermans (left) | Supplied photo

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Updated: November 18, 2013 7:53AM



When Getenet Timmermans came to the United States from Ethiopia in 2010 and enrolled as a freshman at Chicago Christian, he couldn’t wait to get on the soccer field.

“When I got here, a lot of things were new,” he said. “The first thing I wanted to do was play soccer. I got here and I saw the team play and I wanted to play right away. They made me wait two weeks for medical reasons. I had to get all my physicals and tests done. It was such a long wait. I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play yet.”

Once Timmermans got on the field, he made an immediate impact.

Despite missing part of his freshman season, he’s broken the school’s career goals record, which previously was 88. Timmermans is up to 93 after scoring 35 goals this season, which is a new single-season school mark.

He’ll have a chance to add to those totals when the Knights meet Beecher in Friday’s Class 1A Chicago Christian Regional final.

“The (career record) is what I was looking for,” he said. “Before the season started, I knew I needed 31 goals this year to get it and I knew I could get there. It means a lot to get the record.”

Timmermans is humble, giving most of the credit for his success to his teammates.

“Our team is amazing,” he said. “We’re all connecting well. We play at a high speed and that’s how I usually score. They get it to me and I just finish it.”

First-year Chicago Christian coach Jose Barrientos has been blown away by the talent Timmermans possesses.

“I’ve been in soccer for 35 years and he’s one of the top players I’ve ever coached,” Barrientos said. “He has tremendous speed. He can dribble by players with ease. He distributes the ball really well. He has tremendous upside.”

Timmermans came to the United States when he was adopted by Stephen Timmermans — the president of Trinity Christian College, which is next door to Chicago Christian — and his wife, Barbara.

“At first it was tough getting used to living here,” he said. “Soccer helped a lot. Everything was new but now I’m really getting used to it. I like school a lot and I love living in the United States.”

His senior season has been extra special for Getenet, not just because of the records but also because he’s gotten a chance to play with his brother, Fekadu, a freshman who also was adopted by the Timmermans and has had a strong season as well.

“Playing with him has made this my best year,” Getenet said. “Having him on the field has really made a big difference. He’s one of the best freshmen to play at Chicago Christian ever.”

The U.S. is home for Timmermans now. The soccer field, as well, feels like home.

“I have a lot of passion for soccer,” he said. “I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t play soccer.”



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