Eric Frank has an impressive resume for a high school soccer player.
But you won’t hear The Prairie School senior midfielder say much about it.
Frank is a four-time state champion, with two straight WIAA Division 3 championships with the Hawks in the fall and back-to-back State Cup state titles in the spring with his club team, SC Waukesha Pumas. The Pumas also finished second in the Midwest Region, coming within a match of going to the national tournament.
“You will find nobody more humble about it,” Prairie coach Corey Oakland said. “He’s never going to bring it up, unless somebody asks. That’s exactly the kind of kid he is. He’s quiet by nature.”
Frank said it’s just natural for him to quiet and unassuming.
“I never talk too much — I don’t really know what it is,” Frank said.
Oakland said Frank is almost too quiet.
“The first couple years, I don’t think he ever spoke,” Oakland said. “Last year, I would say he started coming out of his shell. But his play on the field always spoke for itself.”
Frank may be a quiet, humble young man, but on the soccer field, he is a leader. He started playing soccer in the Racine Area Soccer Association at the age of 3 and also played for the Racine Spartans and Red Star of Kenosha.
When Red Star disbanded during his sophomore year, Frank joined SC Waukesha — Oakland has a connection with Pumas coach Shan Amini — and immediately made an impact.
Frank was named a captain in his first full season with the Pumas, then scored the match-winning goal in the 2011 State Cup U16 final in Waukesha’s 3-2 victory over FC Magic Red.
Last spring, he had an assist as the Pumas beat Madison FC Gold 1-0 for the U17 state title.
Frank’s play on the field has progressed over the last few years.
“He had been more defensive the first couple of years because he’s a spectacular defender, but he is also an outstanding attacking player,” Oakland said. “The thing that separates him, whether he’s defending an attacking player or he’s the guy with the ball, he’s never flustered by any of that. He’s just a consistent, outstanding player.”
Frank’s Prairie teammate for nearly four years, senior forward Charles Salazar, also played with Frank on club teams and said Frank makes things happen.
“I definitely notice his impact throughout the entire game and how influential he is in everything we do,” Salazar said. “All our play goes through him and he’s a great player. He has great skills and great composure.
“It’s definitely his commitment — soccer is his life, 24-7 — and if he’s not working out, he’s watching games. He’s definitely come a long way.”