EDSS fields a boys’ soc­cer team for first time in five years

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - WHIT­NEY NEIL­SON

WITH SO MANY OP­TIONS at Elmira District Sec­ondary School, there’s not al­ways enough play­ers to field a team for each sport.

But this year, for the first time in five years, EDSS has its own boys’ soc­cer team.

Coach Sarah Hamil­ton said last week they were still nail­ing down the fi­nal team ros­ter, prior to an ex­hi­bi­tion game ver­sus Bluevale Col­le­giate In­sti­tute at Bech­tel Park in Water­loo on Mar. 29.

She said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for the boys to all get lots of play­ing time and prac­tice their po­si­tions ahead of Water­loo County Sec­ondary School Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion, which be­gins next week.

“There’s a big group of Grade 10s that we’ve got who are pretty strong soc­cer play­ers and were re­ally keen to have a boys’ soc­cer team. They were ask­ing about it and there’s a cou­ple of older play­ers who have been ask­ing for the last few years,” Hamil­ton ex­plained of how the team fi­nally came to be this year.

This is her first year at EDSS and she has coached soc­cer teams at pre­vi­ous schools, so she was asked if she would head up the boys’ team.

She sees this as a big build­ing year, if noth­ing else, since they haven’t had a soc­cer team here for awhile.

“It looks like we have a strong team start­ing out right now but we haven’t faced any com­pe­ti­tion yet, so it’s hard to see what we’ll be like in com­par­i­son to other teams,” she said.

One of her goals this year is to build up a pro­gram here that other boys com- ing into high school will look for­ward to be­ing part of.

With­out ac­cess to the field, so far they’ve been work­ing on their fit­ness.

“We’re do­ing a lot of con­di­tion­ing, we’ve got an­other coach that’s helped us out and he’s kind of our con­di­tion­ing coach. So we’re do­ing a lot of fit­ness stuff right now be­cause we can only re­ally work with gym space,” she said.

She hes­i­tates to com­ment on their strong­est as­sets this early in the sea­son, but says they look to be strong de­fen­sively.

“Based off the skill that we have, we have a lot of depth on our team with a lot of play­ers that are very ver­sa­tile, that could be moved around eas­ily,” she said.

And the boys are ea­ger to get started. She says they all just want to get their green jer­seys on and get on the field.

“They seem like a lovely group of boys that are just very ex­cited to have a team here and show ev­ery­one that Elmira can com­pete with them.”

Their first WCSSAA game is Apr. 13 against Pre­ston High School. Game time is 2 p.m. at RIM Park. They’ll play four more away games be­fore they play in Elmira, due to the fields need­ing to be dry. Their Elmira games are May 2, and again on May 4 for their fi­nal two games of the sea­son be­fore the qual­i­fy­ing round for play­offs.

[WHIT­NEY NEIL­SON / THE OB­SERVER]

The EDSS boys’ soc­cer team got to test their skills with an ex­hi­bi­tion game against Bluevale Col­le­giate In­sti­tute in Water­loo on Mar. 29. This is the first year in five years that EDSS has put to­gether a team. The reg­u­lar sea­son gets rolling on Apr. 13.

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