By Arthur Cortez
Boys’ soccer at Samueli Academy has established itself as a program to showcase our athletes’ talent and passion for the sport. Preseason has begun and players are preparing for their upcoming games.
In addition to the players ramping up for the new season, so is our new soccer coach, Cameron Howard. As the coaches who preceded him, Coach Cameron’s goal is to win CIF this year and put the school’s name out there to be recognized.
In our short history of competing with other schools in boys’ soccer, Samueli has had two previous coaches. Our former coach, Coach Fernie was a great coach who mentored and trained the boys’ soccer teams the previous two years. Coach Beltran, who was the most successful coach at Samueli Academy soccer program was the founding coach beginning with the 2014-15 season. Coach Beltran decided to follow his dream of creating beautiful works of art. The foundation that coach Beltran built for this program without a doubt still impacts many of our current varsity players.
“Coaches come and go, and so do the seasons,” said Eduardo Leon, varsity soccer player. “It’s a new season with a new coach and new expectations.” This means that all players will have to prove that they want to be part of the team, regardless if they have previously played on the team. “Show it on the field, players are discouraged when another player claims he will automatically have a reserved spot on the team,” says Eduardo. “It’s a different experience for each coach. Beltran coached a quick-passing Barcelona style. Coach Fernie was more counter-attacking. Coach Cameron I feel will be a more tactical coach, similar to Coach Beltran,” Eduardo further explains.
Players have greater expectations as they gain more experience playing for the team, and for the younger players, they shouldn’t be shy to bring their creativity and talent to the team.
As many of the varsity team members are seniors, and this will be their last season playing for Samueli, the team will pull together to reach the goal they share with Coach Cameron, to win CIF.
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