For Mashpee soccer head coach Ed Furtek, Mashpee High defender Dylan Barger will be tough to replace next year when he’s gone off to college. A big reason for that is that he hasn’t had to think about not playing Barger in his starting lineup for four years.
Barger has been a standout with the Falcons since joining the team and has helped backbone some very good teams. This year, with the team struggling through a youth movement, Barger is left to help show the younger players how to do things the right way as he finishes up his outstanding career for the Falcons.
Dylan is the son of Danielle and Chris Barger. His father passed away unexpectedly last December. He also has two sisters, Delaney, a student at Bridgewater State, and 7th-grader Teah.
In school, Dylan’s favorite subject is Spanish. He’s been awarded several math awards at Mashpee, including a Merit Award. He’s also received a Merit Award in band.
A baseball that he caught with his father at Fenway Park, off the bat of Mitch Moreland, is his most-prized possession. Dylan said that “The Matrix” is his favorite movie, “Impractical Jokers” is his top TV show, and he loves the music of the Zac Brown Band. Chicken Parm is his go-to meal.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it?
Soccer is my favorite thing to do.
During your career at Mashpee you’ve played a variety of positions, starting up front and now playing mainly defense. Do you have a preference as to where you play? Why?
I have played multiple positions. In club I played defense and center midfield. I feel I should play in center mid because how well I distribute the ball.
The Falcons got off to a slow start to the season, but have been playing better of late. What have been the biggest challenges that your team has faced so far and what will it take for the team to finish the year off strong?
Our biggest challenge this year is commitment, And knowledge of the game; too many missed practices by our team. We have a lot of talent, and would do better if we came to practice and gave 100 percent effort.
In addition to high school soccer you have also played a great deal of competitive club soccer over the years. What are the biggest differences, in your mind, between school soccer and club? Do you like one better than the other?
Difference between club and high school soccer is high school soccer is fun because it’s right after school every day. Club soccer is a much faster play of speed, which I really like. Club teaches players how to move a ball effectively. I like both because they are two completely different games.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
My replay game would be last season’s playoff game. We had one of the best varsity teams ever, and I feel we could have made it to the finals.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
What I am most proud of would be being the only freshman to make varsity in 2016.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best player that I have played with is Dylan Hutchenrider. He knows how to play on and off the ball. He had great control in the back line.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
No, not really any superstitions before a game.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I learned how to be a good leader in my four years of high school.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration was a coach I had for club Liverpool/CSU, David Plourde. He taught me the strategy of soccer.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom for everything, especially driving me all over New England for club soccer. I also want to thank Coach Furtek for giving me a shot my freshman year. I was the only freshman pulled up in 2016. He has also helped me a lot this year with life.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
My favorite vacation was Turks and Caicos. I dream of getting to Old Trafford, which is where Manchester United play in England.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
What I learned is life is too short; enjoy every day!
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Most people would be surprised to know I am a germaphobic.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could be anyone I would choose Christiano Ronaldo and play in the FIFA World Cup.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My ideal day starts with chocolate chip pancakes while watching the Premier League. Then, I’d go play a soccer game and have chicken Parm for supper while watching Manchester United.
What are your post high school plans?
In college I will be pursuing a sports broadcaster/management degree.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I will be a millionaire, pitchside at Old Trafford.