Kicking it in Gear

New coaches, new challenges, same goals

Isaiah Lawrence, Staff writer/Editor

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Beckley-Stratton’s co-ed soccer team. Player Brooklyn Stuttler (not pictured) says she likes girls and boys playing on the same teams because “it’s more inclusive.”

Beckley Stratton has started off this year with a new soccer team and entirely new coaching staff as well. With returning players and new players starting, Coach Jones and McDaniel are ready for a season of wins. These leaders are different because unlike the former Coach Johnson, they lead double lives.

Jones and McDaniel are social studies teachers by day, and soccer coaches at night. Coach McDaniel said, that “It was hard at first, but I knew it would get easier through the year and especially easier when soccer was over.” Coach Jones said that It was a little over whelming at first, but he loves getting to know the kids. So in the end, they both love being soccer coaches and social studies teachers at the same time.

I asked players of the soccer team how they felt about the new coaches compared to last year and they had some interesting answers. Carter Underwood, the team captain this year, said that “They were both good in their own ways. It is easier having two coaches. One for JV and one for Varsity.” 7th grade player Mia Houck, an experienced soccer player and the daughter of sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Houck, said that this year was “more strict on running” and also, “More difficult (in general) because of girls and boys playing together and not on separate teams.”

A team with new coaches and a stricter training regimen will prove interesting to follow this year. But what is the same as usual is everyone’s eagerness to win. Bulldog fans are hoping for a championship win. This year, the soccer team has a 2-1 record, tying with Park for one game. The goal is to break the tie and take home the championship.

 

Mia Houck, BEST team soccer player, fighting for the ball against Eastern Greenbrier.

 

 

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