Trinity Fields/Staff Writer
Photo Credit: Picture by Alison Evans
Kambell Trapp, 11, passes the ball to a teammate.
The Greenfield Central boys and girls varsity soccer teams have started out on a positive note. So far, the boy’s overall record for this season is 5-0. They haven’t lost a single game. The girl’s overall record for this season is 4-2.
The girl’s soccer coach, Brandon Steeno, talked about what the soccer team needs to improve on. Steeno said, “ We can improve on everything. Every team has something they can improve on. What we need to work on is learning to play together. Since our team is so young, we really need to work on playing together as a team, but they are doing really well.” Steeno hopes for a successful season.
Steeno said the reason he wanted to coach girls soccer is because, “ I love soccer. I want to grow girls soccer teams. I want to make sure that girls have an opportunity to play on a soccer team. I also have a daughter that plays soccer.”
Steeno said the best part about coaching the girl’s team is, “ Using soccer to teach the girls life skills.” Steeno said one thing he wants the girls to learn by the end of the season is, “ To be leaders. I want the girls to use soccer in their work and adult life.”
Gladys Rodriguez, 9, talked about what has been the best part about the season so far. Rodriguez said, “ The best part has been becoming part of the soccer team.” Rodriguez discussed what she has learned from being on the season so far. Rodriguez said, “ I have learned that you have to work with your team and contribute with your team. I learned that everyone has to put in the sweat, the blood, and the tears. I’ve learned from Coach Steeno that we all have to do ‘one more step.’ One more step to get the ball, one more step to score a goal. We have to push ourselves to get better.”
Kelsi McLaughlin, 10, talked about how she manages her time between soccer and school. McLaughlin said, “ It’s not easy, but I make sure to have all my homework and stuff done before hand and stay ahead of the game.” McLaughlin talked about her and her team’s goals. McLaughlin said, “ Some of our team’s goals is to win conference and sectionals. I want to score 25 goals and be all conference.”
McLaughlin plans on playing soccer in the future. She said, “I plan on continuing playing soccer and play in college.” One thing McLauglin has learned from being on the high school soccer team is, “ Playing on the team requires a lot of teamwork.”
Bryce Kinnaman, 9, who is on both the varsity and junior varsity team, talked about some of his and his team’s goals. Kinnaman said, “ Some of my goals as a freshman would be to play in a sectional and regional game. Some of our team goals for the season would be to win regionals and get another perfect conference record. These are goals that will be hard to do, but if we play connected and as a team, we can accomplish.”
Kinnaman also talked about what he is looking forward to most this season. Kinnaman said, “ Some things, myself as a freshman, that I would like to do is just spend as much time as I can with seniors. I really look up to them and want to learn their ways of pulling off great athletic accomplishments.” Kinnaman continued, “ One thing that I have learned as a freshman on the soccer team is that the varsity team really treats you as a new family member. You make really good connections with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors.”
Carson Jones, 11, talked about some of his and his team’s goals for the season. Jones said some of his goals are, “ Some of my goals are to become more of a leading figure on the team and help push my team.” Jones mentioned some of his team’s goals, “ My team’s goals are to not let up on how hard we work. We are a great team with a lot of special talent, and we can not stop working hard. We would like to push past sectionals and regionals, to go for the state title.”
Jones talked about one thing he has learned for being on the team. Jones said, “ One thing I have learned, which I learned from freshman year, was the meaning of family. Our team is one of the closest teams you could find. We would all give anything for each other, and we are always there for each other no matter what.”