By: Will Conerly
Aubrey Reis grew up in Quincy, Ill. playing soccer. Many others with the last name “Reis” have a history with soccer in Quincy as well.
Aubrey Reis is now writing his own story in the midst of a decorated 2018 campaign.
Taylor Reis, a 2017 alumni of Quincy University, led the team with nine goals in 2015, and nine goals in 2016.
Greg Reis, father of Taylor and current Hawk Cooper, scored 30 goals in his career at Quincy Notre Dame, and was a two-time Parade All-American.
Aubrey Reis now leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 15 goals this season.
Evidence proving that the Reis’ know how to score. This season, Cooper and Aubrey have tallied over 50 percent of the goals for the Hawks.
“I always believe in myself and I was hoping I would score more goals than last year,” Aubrey, who led the team with three goals last season, said.
The Hawks scored 13 goals as a team last year and were 14th (out of 15) in the GLVC in goals scored.
“My teammates have done a brilliant job of buildup play, playing final balls, and we have just been way better at finishing,” Aubrey explained.
Reis has had help playing alongside newcomers to the Hawks: Kingsford Adjei, who has 8 goals and two assists, and Hayden Tucker, who has 3 goals and 3 assists.
Reis, a favorite for GLVC offensive player of the year, was not always the star on the team; or even on the field for that matter.
When he arrived at campus in the Autumn of 2016, the Quincy-Notre Dame graduate did not participate in game action for the Hawks.
“It was hard as a Freshman to redshirt and just not play for a year. But looking back, it has honestly done me wonders and huge just to be able to grow that fall and get a feel for what it is like to play college soccer,” Reis said.
Reis was issued a ‘redshirt’ which is a delay in participation to lengthen his period of eligibility.
During that season, Reis saw the Quincy University Hawks go 12-5-3, and make it to their third consecutive NCAA tournament.
Reis, the current redshirt Sophomore, is positively affecting other first-year players who are dealing with the same processes he did.
“Aubrey’s been an integral part of the team, he has a positive impact on every game. He’s scored a number of important goals for us this season and his attitude is one that a lot of us freshman can learn from, on and off the field,” Michele Barletta said.
Barletta is a freshman who was issued a redshirt this season due to a torn ACL.
Last season, the Hawks missed the GLVC postseason tournament. Reis was determined to not let history repeat itself.
With the regular season finished, Quincy will compete in the GLVC tournament for the first time since 2016.
The newly identified offensively-powered Quincy Hawks led the GLVC with 34 goals scored this season.
Reis is leading the team, which is seeking its first GLVC tournament title since 2011, back to the conference tournament this year.