So my season has finished…my team was one of the top teams in the state but we got upset first round in playoffs.
I’m not sure how to feel about my season…being a sophomore and unfamiliar to my coach until preseason (there were summer sessions held weekly but I was in a diff state) meant that I really didn’t get that much of a chance to prove myself. I only played around 25 minutes a game, which isn’t that bad considering only around 15 guys would get to play in most games (he was very tough w/ rotation, playing the starting 11 most of the game). I think my coach realized some things too late, as I ended up playing the most all year in our first (and last) playoff game, where I played 50 minutes, and not because of injuries.
When I did play, I played stellar. I was not able to find the back of the net, albeit I had several nice shots. I only have film for half of my games but I will likely create highlights so people can see what level I’m talking about…
My play was characterized by my vision in the midfield, as well as my work ethic (or just endurance) on defense. Out of all the games, when I was on the field, our team only conceded one goal (shaky stat but still says something, I’d say I got over 400 minutes of play time, and we conceded over a dozen goals).
I don’t know where to go from here. I actually felt really confident playing this year, especially towards the end of the season, and it really showed on the field. I might still join our closest academy team (there are kids in my grade on the academy team which didn’t make my high school varsity team this year), and look to see where that takes me.
I still find joy in the sport, and I can still be competitive. The question is still in the air.
Oh and Charlie Adams was named the only All-American from New Hampshire. I honestly don’t think it’d be hard for me to match his level (maybe not his prolific goal-scoring, however). New Hampshire D1 high school soccer is actually extremely competitive (past coaches on forums say that the finals are more competitive than Massachusetts finals), and I know there are plenty of midfielders here just as good as he is.