Boys varsity soccer is making a great comeback as they break in the soccer season with new as well as returning players of all grades. Although in past seasons the team has had trouble with playoffs, this new year will bring a lot of fresh minds, players and more wins for Red Mountain. In order to make the team, these players must maintain a high level of physical fitness and academic success.
“Soccer helps me focus because it motivates me to do better in school,” sophomore and varsity player Michael Lindburg said. “Otherwise, I know I won’t be able to play soccer, so it helps keep me on track.”
Since most of the boys in varsity are more experienced, they have a greater advantage when it comes to playing against other teams. Some players also participate in club sports and after-school programs.
“I’m on a club team for the Black Hawks where we are a part of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), which is a national team,” senior and varsity player Ryan Metera said. “It helps me prepare because it is at a high-intensity level, and it gets a lot of good players, so it’s good practice before the high school team.”
In order for these boys to work together, they need to bond and have good chemistry since that’s exactly what brings the team together.
“The chemistry in our team is great because we all have known each other for basically our entire life,” sophomore and varsity player Harrison Borgman said. “So, it’s pretty cool to be able to continue to play with them in high school.”
Although it will be hard for the players at first, it is well assured that this year will be a very successful one for the boy’s varsity soccer team.
“I think we have a really good team this year and a really good chance at winning the state championship,” sophomore and varsity player Dylan Stimac said.
For more information about Red Mountain soccer program, visit http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/programs/boyssoccer.
Leading away the ball away from the opposing team, sophomore and varsity soccer player Julian Cardenas kicks the soccer ball.
Preparing to make a goal, sophomore and varsity soccer player Dylan Stimac kicks the ball away from opposing team.
(Featured Photo courtesy of Soccer)