Three years ago Kevin Burcham learned what it was like to be a freshman on the Kingman boys varsity soccer team.
"When I was a freshman it was kind of hard," said Burcham, who has turned into one of the leaders on the team.
"The seniors kind of picked on me.
You just tough through it.
I have gone from the lowest spot to the highest spot.
It feels good."
Burcham plays on defense for the Bulldogs who have struggled in the early part of the season.
Kingman has a 2-9 record.
"It is fun playing sweeper, but it's kind of boring," Burcham said.
"If the defense around me does good then I don't have to do anything.
I just kind of watch everybody."
This year Burcham is one of the older players on the team.
"We have a young team and most of our team are sophomores," Burcham said.
"We should be fine the next couple of years."
According to coach Rick Olivas Burcham is a solid defender.
"Kevin is one of those players that hates to lose," Olivas said.
"He is very competitive on the field.
He is a three-year varsity player for us.
He does a real good job for us playing defense and that is a good position for him."
Burcham isn't new to the sport.
He has been playing soccer for the past 12 years.
"This is one sport that I am good at and I just kept with it," Burcham said.
During the summer Burcham plays recreational softball for the fun of it.
"I am thinking about running track this year," Burcham said.
Outside of soccer Burcham is a member of student council and he works at Smiths.
"Being in student council is kind of hard because we are getting ready for prom.
We have been doing a bunch of fundraisers," Burcham said.
"At Smiths I am a courtesy clerk.
During the weekends I work there."
Burcham and the Bulldogs start conference play by hosting Peoria today at 3 p.m.
at Lee Williams Field.
"I think that we are better than what we are performing," Olivas said.
"Our practice habits for the last week and a half haven't been really good.
The last couple of days have been better and so we are slowly turning it around.
Burcham said the Bulldogs need to be focused during the league games and then everything will work out.
"We just have to play our hearts out," Burcham said.
"If we do that then we will stick with it good.
If we just give up like we have been the last couple of games then we won't do that well.
We need to fight for every ball and that is what we need to learn."
After the Christmas break the Bulldogs will play Mohave on the road on Jan.
3 at 3 p.m.
Kingman will then host Mountain Ridge Jan.
8 at Lee Williams field.