Visions’ Soccer Club Finishes Its First Season!
Visions’ inaugural indoor soccer club completed their first full season last month, ending in two exciting playoff games against Marconi and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy. Leading goalscorer Juan R. led the team with 11 goals going into the tournament.
Independent Study teacher and coach Kyle Novak, who played for Whitworth University and previously served as the assistant coach for the University of Oregon Women’s Soccer team, was proud to have represented Visions and our students during the season. With only a few players on the team having previous club soccer experience, it was extra special for Kyle to watch the players come together and learn how to play as a team.
“I immensely enjoyed coaching this team. Something I’m impressed with is that we consistently added new goal scorers throughout the season. We didn’t rely on only one to two players to get us points on the board,” shares Kyle. “Something to note is only two of our fifteen players had experience playing club soccer. The rest of the team have developed their skills on recreation teams in the Sacramento area, yet they are competing against charter schools with many players who play on club teams. This speaks to the grittiness of our players. They don’t give up, even when they are out-skilled, and they work together to find ways to win key moments on the field. It’s been so cool to witness their progress over this short season and I’m looking forward to what they can do next year.”
At Visions, we encourage our students to explore their passions through clubs, organizations and extracurricular opportunities. Ron Thomas, Associate Director of Equity and Student Engagement, helps create more and more opportunities such as these for our students. Through collaboration with other instructional staff and leaders, Ron helped bring the soccer club to Visions, and even attended a few games throughout the season!
“I try to make it out to as many of the events as possible, encouraging our staff to support our students alongside their families,” says Ron.
Like many of our clubs, the soccer club gave students the opportunity to try a new skill, make friends and expand their education. We look forward to seeing what the club will do next season!
Click through the photos below to check out some shots from the final games! See all photos on our Facebook page.