Soccer season comes to a close


Kaylen Ayres

The varsity soccer team comes together at the end of their game last night against Charlotte Independence.

After a season full of success, the varsity soccer team was defeated 1 to 0 in the second round of state playoffs against Charlotte Independence.

The 4A Metro Conference Champions and number one seed dominated their season with a record of 18-1-1 prior to their last game. However, the loss last night will be remembered for seasons to come.

“We didn’t go out with that aggressive mentality that we normally play with,” coach Jason Allred said. “We usually play with a swagger, but we didn’t have that from the start last night.”

The loss was very upsetting to the team.

“I was disappointed by the result of the game,” senior captain Rami Bikdash said. “I was hoping for more out of playoffs.”

Bikdash injured his back in the game last night; many of his teammates had their fair share of injuries as well.

“With some of our key players injured, we did what we could, and the team did a good job of adapting,” Bikdash said.

The team was not expecting this result, and it hit hard for many seniors.

“(It was hard) seeing the others emotional after the game,” Bikdash said. “It felt like a wasted opportunity, but we cannot fall apart at every failure.”

For senior Cal Liska, the realization of this being his last game was devastating.

“The reality really hurt,” Liska said. “My dreams of being a champion were gone.”

Liska valued the importance of the strong bond between the team throughout the season.

“Our chemistry together will be unmatched,” Liska said. “They will always be my brothers.”

The team will hold their banquet on Nov. 26. Allred uses this as a time to reflect on the season.

“The banquet is the final time that I can give a motivational message to the seniors as they move on, but also for the returning players, so they are hungry for next season,” Allred said.

This season was a learning experience for many, and for Bikdash, he learned values that he will carry with him moving forward.

“I will take away the importance of consistent efforts,” Bikdash said. “Consistency and diligence in perfecting the little things should always be respected.”