Hendersonville four-year starter Carson Tighe inked scholarship papers Wednesday, April 22, to continue his soccer career at Cumberland University.
“(Cumberland) is getting a player that loves the game,” former Hendersonville coach Russ Plummer said. “He is a gym rat, always wants the ball at his feet, and wants to play. He is one of the few guys I have been around that will be disappointed if we do not practice; he loves to play.”
Tighe will likely continue his natural position of center midfielder at the next level, but his versatility will help him see the field.
“He is a versatile soccer player that you can move around a little bit,” Plummer said. “We always liked him at the center midfielder position to try and exploit the other team’s weaknesses. He will do whatever he can to help the team.”
Tighe was unsure what his soccer plans looked like after high school, but playing club with current Cumberland head coach Adam Grant gave him the clarity he needed to choose which school would land his talents.
“I had an offer to Carson Newman, but when the club started in August, I still did not know what I wanted to do,” Tighe said. “As club season moved along, I was playing some of the best soccer I had ever played, so I thought I might as well continue that at Cumberland.”
Tighe is part of a 10-man senior class at Hendersonville that had their season taken away due to the coronavirus. Tighe considers himself one of the lucky ones because he will continue his career.
“It has always been a goal of mine to play college soccer; it has been my number one priority,” Tighe added. “I cannot imagine my life without soccer.
“That said, it is tough the season got canceled, and it seems unfair, but there is not anything we can do about it,” he continued. “It stings knowing that I will not be able to finish it out with the guys I grew up playing with.”
The Commando standout will study sports management with the hopes of getting into coaching soccer after his playing days.