– By Victor Alexander Santos de Oliveira Fernandes –
After a good season for the girl’s team who went to the State Championship earlier this year, the expectations for the boy’s team are big.
One of the most experienced players on the team, Erik Person, is very pumped and believes this year can be the best of his high school career. When asked about last season, Eric said, “The start was hard but we finished strong, that’s what makes us enthused for this season. I wish we could go to the State Championship this year”. In the previous season, the boys played sixteen games and won eight. Last year, the soccer team wasn’t able to practice in the field for more then a month because of the snow.
Soccer is growing in Newport and attracting more players. Coltin Worley is playing for the first time this year. “I didn’t play last season because I didn’t understand the sport, but now that I know more, I decided to try. I’m excited.” The players from last year believe that this year we will have enough players for a JV and a Varsity team (about 25 players).The Basketball season is complete, and the soccer players have started working out for the season of Spring 2012.
A foreign exchange student from Japan, Tsukasa Moriyama, seems to be ready as well. “I’m getting excited for soccer because the players are already working out and talking about this season, I think we are going to do a good job!”
Part of the team is already practicing indoor soccer Thursdays and Sundays at the middle school. The practice is open for everybody that wants to play. There are usually between fifteen and twenty players. The soccer season starts on February 27th, and if it stops snowing, the first week of practice will be at the field, and if not, practice will probably be in the gym. This is a good year for the people that are thinking of play for the first time, because there will be a JV team, giving them a lot more playing time and more experience for next season.
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