SMHS Boys Soccer

Leo Feng, Staff Writer

The past few weeks, SMHS Boys soccer team has started practice once again. After a disappointing season last year, where boys soccer didn’t even have a team, the Titans have kicked off the season with revitalized spirit. With practices on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 at the upper field every week, players have been practicing on their soccer fundamentals, consisting of physical fitness, passing, and shooting. While the season has already started, anybody is still welcome to join and tryout. However, training sessions have gotten more intense with Coach Cortez focusing on the more minute aspects of the game such as marking and off-the-ball movements. In addition, workout sessions have now been increased starting next week, with practices moved up an hour and an additional session being held on Tuesday. 

It’s already well known that soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. Originally invented in 1863 in England, it quickly spread throughout the world and bloomed into the worldwide phenomenon it is today. The game consists of two 45 minute halves with the objective of the game to score in the opponent team’s goal. A game played without the use of hands (with the exception of the goalie), soccer is an intense game and a great way to bond with others.

So how’s the team doing so far? “I think the boys have progressed immensely from when we first started. I know we don’t have the most talented team, but I think we have what it takes to give other schools a bit of a challenge. We’re an underdog team that will fight back,” Coach Cortez said. Many players have also been looking forward to the season as well. “It’s honestly kind of exciting. Last year, we didn’t get to play because of COVID so I’m really looking forward to having a great season with my teammates. We’re looking good so far, and we’ve grown and bonded like a real team,” Nathan Feinberg (12) said.