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Men’s Soccer Striving towards Success

Morgan Dolton, Editor

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Three days after their double-overtime tie against Mazie High, sophomore Justin Bartholomew has had time to reflect from one of the most challenging soccer games of the season.

“The tie with Maize prepared us for our goals this season because Maize is easily one of the best teams in the state. If we can play with them we can play with anyone,” said Bartholomew.

The game Tuesday night, September 27, entailed two yellow cards, 100 minutes of playing time, and numerous shots on goal, ultimately ending in a 0-0 tie.  According to junior Zach Farmer, the Maize game was very beneficial to the team as they move through league play.

“Team chemistry and leadership is a big part of soccer, along with focusing on one game at a time,” said Farmer.

Freshman Malcolm Berkley is hopeful that his first year participating in high school soccer will have a good outcome.

“The level of soccer is better and more physical than at club. It’s also very challenging because practices are two hours every day and I have to work very hard to be on varsity,” said Berkley.

In order to compete at state, the boys have many skills they need to improve on if they want to take home the state title.

“Lately, we have been a little one dimensional in our offense, preferring to kick it in front of our forwards and making them do most of the work,” said Berkley.

The team currently retains an 8-2-1 record.  They are striving towards further improvement, hoping to secure another win versus South,Tuesday, October 4.

“Our biggest challenge for the season will be playing well under pressure and beating South, who are the defending state champs,” said Farmer.

The team is challenging themselves to take home a state championship in November, achieving their goal through hard work, dedication and their passion to win.

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Story: Morgan Dolton

Photos: Sarah Brown

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