Boylan grad Tim Dobrowolski finds room for growth as a pro

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (WIFR) Boylan has a rich soccer history. A big part of that is its lone state title, a trophy the Titans may not have without the play of Tim Dobrowolski. Eight years after raising the championship, the goalie is still not done doing his titans proud.

"He's somebody that I think soccer players in Rockford should aspire to be," said Boylan head coach Chris Mera.

Dobrowolski has come a long way since his days at Boylan.

Now playing for USL side Louisville City FC, the keeper attributes his success to the atmosphere Mera built.

"I think I've been blessed with all of the teams that I've played for in my years of soccer," said Dobrowolski. "Each team has a strong culture and they really try to push that on their players and the players have to really own up on it and take it to heart and try to emulate it on the field. It's helped me become a better player and a better human as well."

Part of that culture was the school's only soccer state championship back in 2010 with Dobrowolski as the number one in net.

A year prior, the Rockford native did not know which position he really wanted to play so Mera nudged him into the right direction.

"He really mastered the position," Mera said. "You can tell just the way he was in college and now with Louisville, his game is getting better and better every day so I think he made the right choice."

Along with friends and family, the Titans head coach was in the stands to watch his former goalie take on the Chicago Fire in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal.

His father, Jeremy, says seeing his son continue to exceed expectations has been one thrilling ride.

"At every level we thought it would stop," said Jeremy Dobrowolski. "In the back of your mind, you're always thinking that would be great, that'd be awesome and it's happened so that's fantastic."

While Dobrowolski is currently Louisville's back-up, he sees a lot of room for growth.

"Hopefully I can continue to bring a positive energy to try and lead people that need leading, be an ally for people that need to express their feelings and overall happiness and support for the guys on the team," Dobrowolski said. "Everyone has a role and you just have to find it and do the best you can."