The men’s regular soccer season drew to a close Wednesday, October 20 in their last home game against Wake Forest-Rolesville.
The 4-2 win brought the team to an overall record of 16-1. They also won the Cap-8 conference championship.
Each of these accomplishments is even more impressive due to the unexpectedness of their success–some might have even considered them underdogs. Starting off the season, the team had low expectations.
“No one really expected anything from us at the beginning of the season. But we believed in ourselves, and being underdogs just gave us more motivation,” said Mike Daigle, senior.
Believing in themselves is a reoccurring theme within the team, and it paid off. It also gave them a sense of community, one that some might even consider a family.
“The family helped us win. We’re a really tight group, and we’ve always stayed strong,” added Cody Beckett, senior and captain.
Despite the celebration of the win, the night was somewhat bittersweet. Since it was the last home game of the regular season, the soccer players’ moms organized the Leesville athletics tradition: senior night. They put together posters, gave flowers and posed for pictures with their families on the field during halftime.
“It’s just sad because it’s like the last time we’ll all play on that field. I’ll miss the guys, and I’ll miss playing together,” continued Beckett.
Overall, the team was happy with their season.
“We won conference for the first time since 1999, which was our goal. I’d say our regular season was extremely successful,” concluded Daigle.