Ted Scott knew what he wanted.

At 3 years old, Scott began playing soccer with his father on a homemade soccer field, goals made from picnic table benches in his backyard.

But, while growing up in Helena, he truly fell in love with the sport while attending the Shodair Soccer Classic in elementary school. During the camp before the game, he admired the kindness of the high school all-stars who walked him through scrimmages and skill challenges. His free camp shirt on, he watched the all-star match and was inspired by their competitive drive as they tried to prove they were worthy of being selected for the game.

He came home and told his parents what he wanted, his first career aspiration. He was going to play in that all-star game when he grew up.

As he has throughout his Bozeman career, Scott achieved what he set out to do. He scored the East’s only goal as the West won the boys’ 20th annual Shodair Soccer Classic 2-1 on Saturday at Carroll College in Helena. The girls’ game ended in a scoreless tie.

“It was essentially my first ever goal in soccer,” said Scott, who added the all-star game provided a good opportunity to spread awareness for Shodair Children’s Hospital. “It’s the perfect way to conclude my high school soccer career.”

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound midfielder totaled 13 goals and 16 assists while leading Bozeman’s defense which allowed only four goals in 2018. Scott was twice a first-team all-state selection and the Eastern AA player of the year last season.

After not winning a state championship in previous years, Scott and his teammates entered the 2018 season motivated and pushed each other during the offseason. They consistently worked on conditioning and strength and played for hours to prepare for their last chance at the title.

Scott believed all that he’s accomplished could be possible. But he knew the work it would require.

“He wants the game to be in his hands,” said Bozeman head coach Hunter Terry, who also coached the East during the Shodair Soccer Classic. “He wants to be the boss. He’s always in the hunt to put the game on his shoulders.”

Scott brings a creative approach to the game, Terry added, and his ambitiousness and timely adjustments are his strengths.

As a midfielder, Terry said Scott was instrumental in Bozeman’s overall success because of his chemistry with his teammates. Scott, who shared nicknames with some of his fellow Hawks, believed their bonds were vital. Knowing what to anticipate from them, he could facilitate possessions and improve the fluidity of attacks.

The connections he shared with people he called his brothers were also key, he believes, because they could provide each other emotional support when any of them made mistakes.

“He was a bit of a maestro in there, a director, kind of connecting dots,” Terry said. “He had this level of craftsmanship. I think allowing himself to be himself under our style was something he needed to do, and he did that.”

Hana Scott, who played in the Shodair girls game for Bozeman, initially laughed when asked to describe her brother Ted. After moving from Ethiopia to become part of the Scott family, he allowed her to feel comfortable in the United States.

“He was the first person I actually trusted,” Hana said. “I wasn’t speaking English, I didn’t know who to trust or who to talk to, but he was always there. He always had my back.”

She recalled her first day of fifth grade in Helena. The other kids began to split into teams — for why, she wasn’t sure — and Ted picked her.

Ted repeatedly kicked a ball Hana’s way. She didn’t know what to do. But it’s a fond memory because it was the first time she played soccer in America.

She and her new family played in their backyard every night, and Ted taught her simple techniques like passing.

“Watching him everyday, going out there doing his thing, is what really motivates me,” Hana said. “He literally made me love soccer, and that’s amazing.”

Now going to Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, which he selected for the competitiveness of the academics and the Division II program, Ted believes he needs to emphasize the physical aspect of the game. He needs to be faster, stronger and smarter with how he eats, sleeps and works out.

When asked, Scott took a few seconds to think of all the ways he’s needed to improve throughout his career. He ultimately settled on every aspect.

But Hana doesn’t see it that way.

“He’s very supportive, smart and just good at everything, which honestly makes me jealous and it annoys me,” Hana said with a laugh. “But that’s Ted.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.