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.