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Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 12:31 pm

It's an answer to a question that surprised even Kevin Kadisak.

If the Mountain Pointe senior had a chance to play soccer or football in college which one would he choose?

"Football," the response came quickly.

It's a bit surprising considering he is an accomplished goalie for the Pride, where he will be starter in front of the net for the third year in a row.

But for now he is Mountain Pointe's record-setting field goal kicker.

That's right, Kadisak has the school record for field goals in a season (11) and if he makes one in Friday's Class 5A Division I state semifinals against Chandler Hamilton at Chandler High, he will tie the school record for most field goals in a career (12). Brian Sellier had the previous mark of nine, set in 1995, and is the career leader as well.

"He has had an unbelievable year," Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. "I couldn't be prouder of him."

Kadisak, who was named second-team all-region, was huge in the Pride's 13-12 win over Phoenix Brophy in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 19. He made field goals of 25 and 44 yards (and missed a 37-yarder after a bad snap) and had three punts downed inside the Brophy 10-yard line in a game where field position was just about everything.

"I really don't practice getting the ball inside the 20," said Kadisak, who wears bright yellow cleats. "It's the same motion as drop kicking a soccer ball from the box. It's a directional kicking and I am comfortable with that."

Kadisak, who is 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, was the junior varsity kicker last season, backing up Jon Mora on the varsity level. He was comfortable entering the season in the lead role, but finds it hard to believe he will walk away from the season - regardless of when it ends - as the program's leading kicker.

"That is pretty cool," he said. "I thought I'd be pretty good. It has been a lot of fun. I am glad to help that team, and be part of it."

Kadisak, whose long on the season is 44 yards, looks forward to stepping in the soccer field, but not anytime soon.

"I hope I have a chance to kick in two more games," said Kadisak, who stays sharp in the goal while playing a couple of times a week with his club team, Tempe Pros.

The soccer team is going under a transformation, going from a two-star pronged team, to more of a team-oriented attack.

"We should be pretty good," Kadisak said. "We are not going to be relying on one or two guys to get it done. We will have to have everyone contribute. Our defense should be strong."


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