ASUN Beam Video Series: Patrick Harding's Impact at Jacksonville

LakePoint, Ga. - In the first ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the ASUN that have made an Impact in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Throughout the spring, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Impact.

Jacksonville's Patrick Harding has impacted the Dolphins' Men's Soccer program through his leadership and contributions on and off the pitch. His attitude on making an IMPACT every day has made him one of the leaders and captains on the team in the River City.

Harding came to Jacksonville after starring at St. John's Country Day High School in Orange Park, Fla. He was a four-year starter and team captain in high school and joined the Dolphins team in 2015. After seeing limited playing time as a freshman, Harding emerged as one of the most consistent goalies in the ASUN during his sophomore season. He was named to the ASUN All-Tournament team after leading his Dolphins' squad to the ASUN Championship Final. During the tournament, he set the ASUN Championship record for most saves with 20. The goalie carried that momentum over to this past season, where was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week once and again helped Jacksonville reach the ASUN Championship Final. He ranked among the top-five in several categories, including GAA (4th), saves (3rd) and save percentage (4th). He has posted 12 career victories and five shutouts for the Dolphins, but his impact off the pitch has been just as or even more impressive. 

During his time at Jacksonville, Harding has worked with the Epilepsy foundation due to his mother battling the disorder. He helps organize community outreach programs with the Jacksonville Men's Soccer team, working youth sports camps, Feeding Northeast Florida and other organizations. A couple of years ago, an Epilepsy Walk to raise awareness was held on Jacksonville's campus, so Harding involved his Head Coach Mauricio Ruiz and his teammates and it opened their eyes to some of the struggles Harding and his family overcome on a daily basis. Emma Davis, a close family friend of Harding, also participated in the walk and the keeper along with his teammates have embraced Davis as one of their honorary captains.


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