South Whidbey’s high-scoring senior striker Michael Lux made one thing very clear from the beginning, his success comes from the help of those around him.
“Skip (coach Emerson Robbins) has been my motivator; he has helped me the most,” Lux said. “And, without the work of my teammates, without them getting me the ball, I couldn’t score.”
And score, he does.
Last year Lux led the Cascade Conference in scoring with 22 goals. This year he has 14 in seven matches with seven games and the playoffs remaining.
He has his sights on the school’s single-season record of 25 set by Jeff Meyer in 2015.
Lux doesn’t know, nor does Robbins, what the South Whidbey career record is, but, regardless, Lux would like to break it as well. He tallied 12 goals as a sophomore and 11 as a freshmen.
“I’m guessing,” Robbins said, “that Michael has clinched the career record.”
Lux said his strongest physical asset is his “quickness off the ball.”
He reiterated, he “wouldn’t have these fast breaks and chances to score without the passes of my teammates.”
Lux’s ability to score, however, goes beyond his speed and talented shooting skills and the contributions of his teammates.
“It’s almost as if he is compelled to score, as if it is his God-given right and mission to score,” Robbins said. “Anyone standing in his way is his sworn enemy. He will run through a brick wall to score.”
Lux also described opposing center backs as his “enemy,” and then corrected himself, noting he respects his opponents.
“They aren’t really the enemy, but I will do everything I can to do my job and to make their job more difficult.”
Robbins, a veteran coach of 35 years, added, “(Lux) is by far the most determined, most aggressive attacker I have every coached.”
Robbins began coaching at South Whidbey in 2011, and he called Lux and Noah Moeller the best strikers he has worked with at the school and possibly the best he’s ever coached.
“I remember the first day of tryouts when Michael was a freshman,” Robbins said. “We threw him into a 5-v-5 game with the varsity and he scored a diving header into a small Pugg goal. I knew right then that he was a special player.”
Since then, Lux “has worked very hard to improve his ball control,” Robbins added.
Long before he played for Robbins, Lux displayed special abilities on the soccer field. He began playing when he was 6 years old, two years after his parents David and Alison Lux moved the family to Freeland.
By the time he was 8, he was playing up a division. He continued to play above his age group throughout youth soccer.
Lux has been a member of select teams since he was 12, and this past off season he left the island for the first time to play, competing for the Rush, a premier team based out of Everett.
Lux has also been playing with the same group of teammates since those early years and would like to share a state title with his longtime friends.
“It’s like a family,” Lux said. “You get that being from a small island; it builds chemistry.”
The team goals are to win the North Sound Conference, district and state titles.
The Falcons, 3-0 in conference play and 6-1 overall, are currently tied with nemesis and rival King’s for first place in the league. The two teams square off for the North Sound Conference lead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at King’s. They will meet again in the regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Langley.
South Whidbey returns most of the players who helped the Falcons finish fifth in the state last year, giving the club a legitimate shot at winning the Washington 1A crown this spring.
While the plan is to win it all, failure to do so won’t be a disappointment, Lux said, as “long as we put it all out there on the field.”
Success will come with effort, Lux said.
“It’s our mind-set to give 110 percent in everything we do on and off he field; that’s the strength of our team,” he said. “While everyone else is giving 100 percent, my teammates and I are giving 110 percent.
“We always encourage each other to work hard in practices and games; that is what we preach.”
He is tentatively planning on playing at Whatcom Community College next year as a pathway to a four-year school, but those plans could change if other offers come aboard.
But before then, Lux has things to accomplish, like titles and records to share with those who helped shape him.