Timmermans becomes career goals leader at Chicago Christian
There’s nothing left for Getenet Timmermans to prove on the soccer field.
The Chicago Christian senior became his school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, and with the Knights winning their own Class 1A regional last Saturday, Timmermans has a chance to add to his career total of 95.
He’s already seven goals ahead of Christian’s previous standard, and his 37 markers during the 2013 campaign also represent the most for a Knights player in a single season. But Timmermans’ soccer excellence came about in a rather unorthodox manner.
Orphaned at a young age in Ethiopia, Timmermans was excited about being adopted and becoming an American high school student. He knew this would be a place of great opportunity for himself and his younger brother, Fukado. Getenet didn’t speak English well, but he did play a great game of soccer.
“When I got to the school, all I wanted to do was get on the soccer team,” Timmermans said. “I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play.”
He wasn’t able to do so right away, as he had to wait weeks before he was cleared. But even with part of his freshman season lost, Timmermans scored goals at a rapid enough pace that he entered the current campaign with designs on breaking Christian’s scoring record.
“I just kept working,” Timmermans said. “My team made it so easy for me. They are so good at getting me the ball so I can score.”
And having his younger brother alongside him while it happened was icing on the cake.
“Having Fukado on the field has made this the best season ever,” Getenet said. “He is the best freshman player CCHS has had.”