Academy soccer challenges local well-developed teams

Leigh Anne Russell, AP Lit Set 2

Work ethic and intensity. These two fundamental values are the focus of Academy’s new soccer program. First-year Head Coach Kareem Escayg wants to change Academy’s soccer team into “monsters” that prove to be a tough challenge for other well-developed teams.

“In the past, the soccer team has not been taken seriously,” said team captain and veteran player, Christen Daigle. “We are hoping to create a competitive environment through working hard and practice and seeing the results on the field.

At the mid-season point, the team is proving itself to be capable of becoming a driving force on the field. Despite numerous injuries and absences, the players have managed to be worthy competitors to teams such as St. Petersburg Catholic, Canterbury, Indian Rocks Christian and Clearwater Central Catholic.

With the playoff season ahead, despite short-term injuries, Academy will have a chance to develop further and compete well at Districts with established soccer programs.

As a first year on the team, Caroline Sutton said, “I’m really excited to play this year, I have never played soccer before and the team has been welcoming and willing to help me.”

With good attitudes, lots of practice, and dedication, the future looks bright for the new and improved Academy soccer team.