Varsity Soccer has made an impressive name for themselves in the short two years they have been around. Although they each had notable rookie seasons, the boys' and girls' teams each stepped up their game markedly. They made top rankings for 5A and both continued into the playoffs, all while growing closer as a team both on and off the soccer field. Keep reading to learn about the strengths of each team and the way they worked towards their goals.
The varsity boys' soccer team had a great 2017-2018 season. This year they welcomed new head coach, Rob Armstrong, who led them to the third round of playoffs. Coach Armstrong raved about his team in a season where they “worked through some tough injuries and pulled together to get farther in the playoffs than the previous year and made it to the quarter finals.” He considered it an honor to coach these young men, noting “each player gave an exceptional effort.” The boys were ranked 5th in the state and made it to the elite 8 during playoffs. Key players of the season include David May, who anchored the defense, Gavin Burgess who finished out the season with 14 goals and 9 assists and Grant Pickerill who had an incredible 74 saves on the season.
Senior and captain, Gavin Burgess, had an excellent season and will continue to play at Dallas Baptist University. Gavin mentioned “Legacy shaped me to be a great leader on and off the field. I am excited to continue my soccer journey and continue to always root for the Legacy Eagles!” Senior and midfielder, Pablo Hernández, noted the team's outlook was “going into the season, we pushed ourselves to be better than we were last year… and I am excited to see the progress of the team next year!” The boys varsity soccer team will bid farewell to seven seniors, but an exceptional team core will return and they anticipate a great year as they continue to develop the program.
The girls team had a fantastic regular season and culminated with being ranked 1st in district and 2nd in state. This fairly new program is poised to continue to improve with standouts like freshman Julie Atlason, who led the team in goals, and Sophomore Sydney Banks who was named the best goalkeeper in the district after making the most saves. In only their second year together, the girls were able to form close bonds, not only as a team but also as a family, all while making a name for themselves as real contenders for state.
Team captain Maycie Clemons commented on some of the team's most memorable moments, “My favorite part of the season was beating POP to go to the playoffs. Our best wins were against POP and All Saints in the tournament. We had to struggle through some adversity, but we kept pushing through the season even though five of our starters went down with injury.” She emphasized her excitement at the continued growth and progress of the team, “Julie is returning and has all club season to get even better, Sydney is returning and will continue to be an amazing keeper for us, and Cassyn Skidmore will be a great leader next year to help the team accomplish their goals. I will miss this team the most.”
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Written by: Communications Interns, Max Glenn and
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