As the varsity boys soccer team starts out this year’s season, they have good and bad days. Their recent loss against Cinco Ranch, in Katy, Texas has been eye opening for them. The game started out with the boys warming up as they got ready for a cold game. Some of their best players had been out such as their goalie. With their injuries, they were unable to play in the past games, but they were out there just like the others warming up. As they approached game time, it only got colder and the crowd knew it would be a chilling game. The game started around one in the afternoon and Clemens Buffs started off playing good and getting hyped up from the crowd and others on the bench. Cinco Ranch made three goals on Clemens within the first half. Halftime comes along and Coach Wong gives the boys a pep talk so they can go back out there and make some magic happen. Within the first 10 minutes of coming back after halftime, Clemens scored. They played pretty good for the rest of the game, but Cinco Ranch was rough with them and the referee’s didn’t call many fouls that should have been called out. The crowd did not die down even though Clemens was losing, the family and friends of the boys continued to shout with team spirit. Although Cinco Ranch scored two more goals after Clemens scored, Clemens had a well fought game.
With the start of a new soccer season, hopes are high as talented young and old come. As they are hoping to make last year’s record a distant memory and put their state championship plans into action. As the season kicks off with tryouts just ending and the teams rosters are set in stone, the players are already hard at work and getting prepared for a tough season ahead.
At the beginning of a sport season, players and coaches set goals for what they would like to come out of that season. For some, their goals could be to win every game or go to state, but for others it could be something as simple as improving their teamwork skills. “My goals this soccer season are to win every district game and progress to playoffs and eventually win state.” Nicolas Mora, (11), a Clemens varsity soccer player, said. Last year, the varsity soccer team went to playoffs, but their goals are higher this year and they are striving to go to state. They have set these goals for this season and are aiming high to make these goals become a reality.
When freshman start to play soccer for Clemens, they’re fully aware of the responsibilities that come along with playing soccer for the school. In order to play, they must have good grades, good sportsmanship, and do well with their new team when contributing to the junior varsity soccer team. “It’s sometimes difficult to manage my grades and soccer, but I just have to make sure I get all of my homework done in class, I can’t be on the phone. I have to do my work, so I have time cause I’m going straight from school soccer practice to club practice.” Cole Hill, (09), a junior varsity soccer player, said. Time management is very important, especially since most of the boys on junior varsity and varsity have club soccer practice or work right after school practice is over.
There’s a fine line between a team and a family. A team is coming together to reach a certain goal, but a family is a group of people who love and support each other through everything. “The soccer team is a family, because in a family, you spend a lot of time together, but you still might get mad at each other.” Tad Rosenberg, (11), a varsity soccer player, said. Each of the soccer players always try to improve every day and help each other improve on their soccer skills. Since they’re together so often, they make a great, lasting friendship. The boys practice for about two and a half hours a day including their class period and their practices after school. They will have games just about every weekend, so they have to bond and develop more communication skills with each other.
This year’s Clemens soccer team has set their goals high, preparing their grades so they are eligible to play, and bonding before the season starts. The first soccer district game is on January 30, 2018 against East Central.