Led by history teacher Daniel Gil, the Cadets kicked off their varsity soccer season on Tuesday, August 27.
Following a three-win season the soccer players of Benedictine are coming back stronger and younger for Gill’s third year at the helm.
Big Green soccer is scheduled for 16 games this fall season including local opponents such as St. Chris, Trinity and Collegiate, as well as teams from out of town, like Blue Ridge and Fork Union.
This year's squad is described as young but promising with freshman Jack Miller, Ben Marks and Nathan Howerton all getting minutes in the lineup. "Staring off, we are very young but it's exciting to see how they'll do," said Gill.
With key starters, such as returning four-year letterman Brian Losch and Sean McGranahan as captains, the team will have leadership and experience in the right spots. Junior Spencer Baird will be taking the set pieces for the squad. Creative build up play (What does that mean?) from Nervy Garcia and Anthony Veliz will surely have crowds excited to watch.
Coming off of a three-win season in the fall of 2018, Big Green soccer will try to build on that by improving week in and week out. "I just want to improve every day and get better as the season progresses and we play new opponents," said Gill.
The Cadets' head coach stated that he tries to emulate his style of management and play to the world-renowned manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool FC. This inspiration will see BCP's soccer team have very fast build play while attempting to gash opponents on the counter attacks. With explosive players and a sound strategy, the Cadets will be fun to watch when they hit the pitch.
Fans will have to wait for the team's first victory, however, as the Cadets fell in their first two games, close matches against St. Anne's Belfield and Veritas. They hit the road to take on Episcopal today (Sept. 4). The next home game is Sept. 12.