COLUMBIA — Andrew Dossett already has proven that he's an elite soccer player in the metro-east.
Now Dossett, a senior at Columbia High, is getting ready to match his skills against some of the top players in the country.
Dossett has been selected to play in the High School All-American Game on Dec. 14 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa. Dossett will play be a midfielder for the West team, which will play the East.
"I think it's going to be a cool experience," said Dossett, who had 20 goals and 14 assists for the 21-3 Eagles, who won the Cahokia Conference. "It will be a fun experience to go out there and play with people that are at the same level as you."
Dossett said he will leave Thursday, participate in training sessions Friday and play the game the next day. He will room with a player from the East squad.
"That will be fun," he said. "And the training sessions, the team meals, all that stuff will be fun.
"This doesn't come just naturally; you have to work for it. It all comes from when you're really little. You've got to get a mind-set of, 'Yeah, I want to do this.' You've got to really be focused and determined about what you want to do."
Dossett said he was at practice this fall when he was asked to stay late. First-year Columbia coach Jason Mathenia then told him he had been selected to the West roster. Former Gibault coach Jim Corsi nominated Dossett for the spot on the team.
"I had never really talked to (Corsi) before, but I saw him up at the all-state banquet and he's a really nice guy," Dossett said.
To be selected to the team, players must be in good academic standing at their school and play in a minimum of 50 percent of the games in their senior season, among other things.
Matt Longo, of Quincy, is one of the coaches for the West team.
Dossett's last high-school game was Oct. 18, a 3-0 loss to Gibault in the semifinals of the Class 1A Columbia Sectional. He has been preparing for the All-American Game by working out with his club team, St. Louis Scott Gallagher of the National Premier League.
"I'm getting back into it and getting a feel for the ball," said Dossett, who has committed to play at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
"About a week after I graduate from high school, I'm going to go out to BYU," he said. "We'll have like a week of training and then the games will pick up."
Those games will be in the Premier Development League, which begins in May and ends in July. BYU players have participated in the PDL since 2003, and the league is considered to be more competitive than the NCAA level.
"I've always wanted to play for BYU," said Dossett, a Mormon who will major in general business with an emphasis in strategy. "I grew up watching (BYU) and just liked them --like a kid who would grow up watching Notre Dame. That's how I was with BYU."
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