Players and Coaches Optimistic About Soccer Season

Husky soccer players huddle before a match at the Jay Brady Kickoff Tournament in Vermont (Photo provided).

The Northwood soccer program is off to a great start, with 9 matches having been played through September 18. The U17 squad is undefeated so far and the U19s have won the Jay Brady kick-off tournament.

This is the first full year that the new on campus artificial turf field will be Northwood’s home pitch, allowing the Northwood family to support the soccer team year round.

Mr. Kelvin Martinez, the U17 head coach, is happy with his team’s start. “So far it has been really good,” Martinez said. “Guys are getting to know each other well, there is a good energy. Tactically, everyone is binding to the system and individually everyone is fighting hard to be on the starting line-up,” he said. “Our number one goal is to develop everyone so that all the players at the end of the year have improved and that they have developed a lot in the time they have been here. As a team, we want to play our best football, offensively and defensively, and for the team to fully execute the game plan for the full 90 minutes,” Martinez added.

Players are also optimistic for the year. “We have gotten off to a good start, and I believe that the U17 has a lot of potential to grow from here and that we’re going to do very well this season,” said U17 player Lohkoah Paye ‘24.

U19 veteran Noah Leddel ‘23 is hopeful about his squad. “The U19 team has had a good start, but there is still more we need to work on, but the season is looking incredibly positive,” Leddel said.

The soccer team is looking very promising this year and everyone is working extremely hard to keep this team successful and to grow on the success of last season.


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