photograph by: Carter Gaskins
In an offseason of uncertainty, the senior class has grow to be extra vital than ever for the Free State boys soccer group. And so they confirmed that throughout the group camp final week, which went Monday by way of Thursday.
FSHS has but to call its new head coach for the upcoming season, because it seems to switch Hussam Mohammed after he stepped down within the spring. That has made the management of the senior class instrumental all through the offseason.
“With the uncertainty of the teaching scenario, it has been vital for us to step up and lead,” senior left ahead Andrew Henderson mentioned. “We really feel sort of a chip on our shoulder. We really feel like we have to take cost of the scenario a bit bit.”
Henderson is part of an enormous senior class that options Aaron Neff, Aidan Odom, Aydan Works, Dawson Pfannenstiel, Evan Wilson, Hunter Younger, Isaac Hamadi, Jackson Bone, Joon Chun, Jacoby Sieber, Logan Schwab, Nate Ankenbauer, Tyler Rasys, Simon Pool and Trevor Sidabutar.
All of them have performed their half from a management standpoint throughout an uncommon summer time. It’s a position that Henderson has been trying ahead to since his freshman yr, as this will likely be his fourth season on the varsity degree.
“I seemed as much as these leaders once I was a freshman, and noticed the work ethic and the keenness and want that they had for this system,” Henderson mentioned. “Now that I’m lastly at that age, I see the place they acquired that drive and enthusiasm from and hope I can put it to make use of this season as effectively.”
Neff, in the meantime, wasn’t as certain that he was prepared for the place. But the middle again has been doing a wonderful job all offseason of main by instance.
“There was such nice senior management on this program,” Neff mentioned. “It’s exhausting filling that position. There’s simply numerous guys that simply do not need the motivation, and you actually simply should be optimistic and 100% on a regular basis.”
Chun, who’s a four-year impression participant because the group’s striker, can even information the group each on and off the sphere this fall.
Free State’s summer time camp was actually the primary glimpse at how the seniors would set the tone for the upcoming season. The Firebirds had about 60 gamers in attendance, which included introducing new members to this system.
Nathan Mangold, who’s an assistant coach for the boys soccer group and was the top coach of the ladies soccer program final spring, credited the older gamers for a easy camp that was directed by two assistants.
“We have been in a position to begin to determine how our seniors are going to guide,” Mangold mentioned. “We misplaced a great chunk of seniors final yr. We now have a great group this season, however they lead a bit in a different way.”
As for what’s completely different, Mangold mentioned that a couple of of the seniors have been extra vocal than final yr’s group. The remainder of the senior class helped by doing issues the proper means, as gamers led drills all through camp.
“We wish to hear the gamers’ voices as a result of it’s their group,” Mangold mentioned. “The coaches don’t get to kick the ball, we don’t get to slip sort out or we don’t get to make any choices on the sphere. We simply play the gamers of their greatest spots and put them in positions to succeed.”
The Firebirds may have a head coach by the beginning of the autumn, however the group camp served because the stage setter for the upcoming season. After shedding to Lawrence Excessive within the regional opener, Free State is aiming for a deeper postseason run.
“I believe this group is able to something we put our thoughts to,” Henderson mentioned. “With the primary spherical exit within the playoffs final yr to LHS, I believe we now have numerous motivation going in the direction of the playoffs — actually to make it one thing particular.”