Soccer night at Windsor High School

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Mon., Oct. 24, 2011
WHS player Mike Phang fights for possession in a game against Weaver. Courtesy photos by Kim Sedergren. - Contributed Photo

As part of a community outreach program, the team offered free admission to any Windsor Soccer Club player wearing a team jersey, inviting all local elementary schools to participate. “As part of the free admission, students were asked to write to a soldier and hand it in at the door,” coach Pete Lepak said. “The local travel teams played at half time.”

Lepak credits much of the team’s morale in the Weaver game, and throughout the season, to four core sophomores: captain Tyler Lacafta, Gary Amani Pershad, Michael Phang and Justin Nguyen. “These guys were with me as freshmen and have really stepped up this year,” the coach said.

Lacafta, a center midfielder, has been kicking the soccer ball since age 5. With two goals this season, he takes his leadership role seriously. “I’ve grown up with soccer, it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” he said. After the game, he had this advice for young players. “Stick with it; it gets more fun as you get older.”

Center defender Pershad has contributed one goal and one assist thus far. “Soccer is my passion,” he said, “the younger kids should keep playing, and learn a little from each game.”

Phang, a left midfielder, has three goals. “My dad played in high school,” he said. “Soccer is the first sport I ever played. I watched a ton on TV, and think that’s a good way for young kids to learn how the game should be played.”

Center midfielder Nguyen commented on Lepak’s approach to the season. “Coach says never give up, keep trying; soccer takes responsibility and dedication,” he said. With a smile he added, “Coach also tells us to dress nice.”

Rounding out Windsor’s talent, junior Isaiah Townsend plays left wing and leads the team with five goals. “My entire family plays soccer,” he said. “It is the only sport I love, and feel comfortable on the field.”

Twenty elementary students attended Windsor Soccer Night to watch the Warriors defeat Weaver, 7-0.  

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