By Robbie Handelsman ’23
The first week of Woodberry soccer went exactly as planned. After a long wait, the Tigers finally got back out on the field and went straight to work.
Head Varsity Soccer Coach, Len Mills, has stressed commitment as the main facet for Woodberry soccer. The coaches have made sure their players are wearing masks and working hard, during full-field scrimmages, skill drills, and conditioning alike. In the first week, the Tigers worked their tails off, and are already pushing each other to become better. The uncertainty of whether or not Woodberry will have a soccer season has not stopped captains Ben Mills, Charlie Ferrari, Tommy Handelsman, and Meade Seay from striving for redemption from last year’s playoff loss to Trinity Episcopal School. Reflecting on the first week of practice and the upcoming weeks, a few of the captains had some words on how the first week of soccer went.
Handelsman, ‘21, said, “I’ve really enjoyed getting everyone out there this past week and actually being able to play soccer again for the first time in what feels like forever. It is hard for everyone to stay focused without a planned season, but the coaches have done a tremendous job in keeping us in check and planning practices and inner-squad scrimmages. We feel like we are getting better every day.”
Mills, also a member of the class of 2021, was extremely excited to return to soccer.“We are finally getting a feel of normality,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of improvement from the returning varsity players and the new players are looking very strong as well. Overall I think we’re all just really excited to be back on the field and are hoping for a season in the near future.”
In his comment, 6th Former Seay expressed some of the team goals for the upcoming year. “Last year the upperclassmen contributed greatly to the success of our team, however, the attitude component wasn’t quite there. This year the current captains and other returning players are looking to bring the same success on the field with a positive attitude and chemistry throughout the team.”
Nothing is set in stone, and if the past year has taught us anything, it is to expect changes and fluidity in the plans for the future. But, one thing is certain. If there is a soccer season in the Tigers’ near future, it is needless to say that the captains, players, and coaches will be prepared.