After a rocky first game, the Middle School intramural or B soccer team bounced back and was undefeated. Led by Coach Josh Garrison, the season ended with a respectable 2-1-1 record.
Coach Garrison raved about the team’s season. “It went quite well. We had a lot of people who were very new to soccer, and I think we exceeded our expectations,” he said. Not only did the team perform well in games, but they also did well in practice. “[The players were] probably one of the most enthusiastic bunches of kids out there. They might not be the most skilled and have the most experience, but they have tons of fun playing and that’s what I value,” he said.
Eighth-grader Ted Simons agreed the season went well. “Our first game we lost by a blowout score, but then we got it together and won the rest of our games,” he said. Not only were the players proud of their effort on the field; they also praised Garrison’s coaching. Sixth-grader, Lia Prahl felt Coach Garrison’s coaching was reflected in games. “He’s a really good coach. He listens to what you have to say, he doesn’t rush you on anything. He’s very kind and a really good teacher,” she said.
According to Prahl, no one should be hesitant to join the team. “A lot of people say, like grades, people don’t like having B’s, but the B team is actually really nice because there’s a lot of people there that aren’t trying to really show off their soccer skills but learn about [soccer] with other people who also need to learn a bit more,” she said.
Thanks to the great team spirit, the season was a blast. With Coach Garrison leading the pack, there’s no doubt the team can keep up the winning streak into next season.