Varsity Soccer Team Carries on, Despite Losses

The Varsity Soccer is still having fun despite losses.
By Daniel O'Malley
Sports Editor

“We might not win a game,” Mr. Prontnicki — the new Head Coach of the Varsity Soccer squad — said about the season thus far, “but the team is resilient and keeps on battling through 80-minute games against teams that are faster and more skilled.”

It seems as if the team is always able to move on after a tough loss. “The most interesting thing about this soccer club is the way they can shake off a seven-nothing loss. It amazes me,” Coach Prontnicki said. Coach Prontnicki added,

“The team has been working on improving their general strengthening and conditioning, fundamentals of the game and soccer knowledge. Some team members have never played before this year, so we are trying to bring everyone up to speed.”

Coach Prontnicki and Assistant Coach Wszalek introduced the Gatorade Player of the Game. “It seems Varsity Soccer Team Carries on, Despite Losses to be a big hit with the students. The GPG is an award [where] Coach Wszalek and I select a player each game who we think has given it their all and made a difference.”

He said an example of this was, “in the game against Kimberton Waldorf School, [senior] Ian McGill, who had no goalie experience whatsoever, stepped up and played keeper for the second half, earning him the GPG. His teammates went berserk.”

Ian said that the team’s greatest strength is that “we are really good at World Cup,” an elimination game the team plays during practice. He joked that one of the highlights of the season is “[Junior] Efrem Leventhal’s different haircuts every week.”

Ian said he came in for goalie Will Boswinkel and found his “inner talent.” Playing goalie, he said, has been “amazing.” Now that Will is out, Ian is the interim keeper.

Coach Prontnicki said that the overall attitude of the team this year is that “it’s a rebuilding year.” However, the team seems to be getting better as the season has progressed. “We’ve come close in a few of our games,” junior Braden Reilly said. “I think we are getting better. Everyone is developing better skills.”
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