The Lt. Govs soccer team has battled its way to an even 4-4 season in a year that head JV coach Nelson Gonzalez states he has had fun coaching.
Coach Gonzalez breaks down some of his top players with his comments.
Rysun Ebelherr: 4 goals. “Perhaps his best asset on the field is his speed,” said Gonzalez. “Rysun is fast and very hungry for goals. A natural striker and vertical player, once he gets the ball he’s a ‘man on a mission’ heading for the goal. He may not produce his own balls and opportunities for goal but knows how to take advantage of his teammates’ passes, especially through balls. Rysun has potential to be a prolific goal-scorer. He needs to work on beating keepers in one-on-one encounters.”
Carson Lucado: “Tons of saves. This young man has come a long way in his goalkeeping skill-building process. Carson is one of the most dedicated and serious players on the team. He is a success story as well. In 6th and 7th grade tryouts he did not make the cut and was unable to join the middle school soccer team. Instead of hanging up his keeper’s gloves forever, with the help and encouragement of his parents, Carson did not quit, he instead drew motivation and determination from this situation and continued to practice soccer. I am glad that he did. Carson is an asset for the NCHS program. He trains hard and is very hard on himself when it comes to making mistakes, which I like, but this perhaps constitutes a vulnerability for him. He spent the summer doing LU Soccer Mania and other soccer camps, playing soccer, and doing one-on-one training with a keeper’s coach at the Adam Godwin soccer academy in Lynchburg. I just love the passion that Carson has for soccer and for goalkeeping. He is now practicing with the varsity team. You might see him defending the varsity goal very soon.”
Gonzalez said the new players on this year’s team contibuted to create a nice training environment with their chemistry making it fun to play.
Lt. Gov Captains Max Schneider, Kieran Nardi-White, Carson Lucado, and now Victor Schrider and Tony Meraz-Lizardo have taken seriously their responsibility to lead the team and be role models for the team.
“During practice we have been focusing on possession, headers, set pieces, defending as a unit, overlapping, and taking the opponent one-on-one. I’ve tried to give each player exposure to playing different positions, for fun and also as a way for them to discover that they may succeed in positions that they may have not thought they’d be good at,” said Gonzalez. “On the downside, I am a bit disappointed about our goal-scoring productivity. The skill level on the team does not match our record. We missed too many good opportunities and lost very close games to Amherst and Fort Defiance not because we didn’t play well but because we did not capitalize on the goal opportunities that we had.”
Outstanding Technical Player
Victor Schrider: “Defender, great athleticism, a complete player. He is a very fast and hard-working player, he keeps the defensive line protected and secured,” Gonzalex said. “Victor also scored a goal when I played him as a striker.”
Most improved player
Jacob Fitzgerald: “A sophomore, he did not play soccer in middle school or in 9th grade yet he picks up really quick anything that you teach him. Very coachable player. Jacob has a powerful kick. He plays defense and sometimes as striker, where he also scored a goal. He has plenty of potential. Given time and more training Jacob will become a very skilled and complete player.”