Peacock selected to Regional ID Camp in Arizona

Bryce Peacock, a goalkeeper for the state Olympic Development Program, dives for a ball in March in Front Royal. Peacock, 12, was selected to the Region I ODP ID camp in November in Arizona. Rich Cooley/Daily file

FRONT ROYAL — Bryce Peacock’s young soccer career continues to soar.

The rising seventh grader at Warren County Middle School has been selected to the Region I Boys Olympic Development Program ID Camp. The camp will take place in Arizona in November.

“I’m very excited,” Peacock said.

He said that he went to two ID camps in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, last month. The camps were held at Rider University.

The goalie was selected to the ODP state team earlier this year, and was then invited to the first ODP ID camp on July 7-10.

Peacock said he was one of 24 goalies at the first camp, and then was asked to come back for another camp on July 15-18. He said that there were only eight goalies at the second camp.

“You get to know everybody and you practice with the team. You get to learn the coaches,” Peacock said of the two camps at Rider University.

He said that they like to get a good look at everybody, and from there they choose the players they want to go to the camp in Arizona. Peacock said that attitude also played a role in how they selected players to go to Arizona.

“You get to know each other. You try and learn each other’s names,” Peacock said. “They just wanted to know everybody, see how you behave on your own. That’s a big thing. Your attitude, your mental attitude is a big part.”

He found out last week that he’s been chosen for the camp in Arizona.

Peacock was one of only two goalies chosen for the camp. He said he believes that from the camp they will select a team to represent the country on an international trip. He was one of 19 players selected for the camp in his age group.

Ethan Russell, who plays for the Winchester Youth Soccer Club, was also selected to the regional pool in a different age group.

When he’s not going to camps and playing for the ODP team, Peacock plays for his club team, Epic Freedom, which is based in Charles Town, West Virginia. He also takes private lessons with his coach Chris Peter, a former Shenandoah University standout who runs the Shenandoah Soccer Academy in Winchester.

Peacock said he did a lot of training over the summer, and he’s trying to improve his communication out on the pitch.

“I’m talking a lot more. My distribution has gotten better than it has been,” Peacock said.

He said that his club team has already started practicing for the new season, and will begin playing games after Labor Day. He said that he is thankful to have Peter as a coach and for his first travel team – the Front Royal Soccer Association ROX travel soccer program.

Peacock said his trip to Arizona is just a step along what he hopes is a long and fun journey.

“I want to try to get as high as I can in soccer,” Peacock said. “I want to try and go to college and get a full scholarship, and go to a professional team and maybe try to get to the national team for USA.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com