By Alexandria Morton:
The NCHS boys and girls soccer teams blasted off the season ranking the highest in NCHS history. In the state, the boys are ranked number 11, and the girls are ranked number 4. So far, the boys have gone up against Independence, Shady Springs, Pikeview, Midland Trail, Bluefield, and James Monroe twice. Also, the girls have played Poca, Pikeview, Independence, and Bluefield.
Having one of the best seasons yet, Coach Bane believes the biggest challenge they will face this season is “believing they can win, when they have the ability.” While team captain Austin Bailey keeps his eyes on the prize by saying the biggest challenge he believes they will face this season is “winning sectionals and getting to states.”
This year, the NCHS soccer team has welcomed its new assistant coach, Coach Deal. Coach Deal has coached many sports for many ages over the years and has experience like Coach Bane. Coach Bane started coaching soccer as an assistant coach his sophomore year at Baldwin-Wallace University. Even though the sport is not new to him, winning a game makes him feel like he’s part of the team. Although playing and coaching the game is one aspect, there are still many tasks they struggle through as a team, like remembering emergency medical cards and keeping a positive energy when traveling for a game. As a team, the NCHS boys and girls soccer face their conflicts by giving the best they have and supporting each other no matter what.