Kickin’ it up

   After a second place finish in the state championship last year, the Caps are ready for a new winning season.

 “(The) expectation is to go after a championship again,” head coach Nick Wheeler said.

  Wheeler believes that even after losing 13 former players his team’s performance is still the same, if not better.

The first part of the season has been a great amount of trial and error for the coaching staff. They have been working diligently to help each player find the position that will both help the team and utilize each player’s individual talent to their maximum. For example, senior Bryant O’Neal has spent most of his soccer career playing defense, however this year he has had to become acclimated to midfield and striker due to a lack of depth. The Caps defense has also had new goalkeepers  junior Jack Nickens and sophomore Clay Oxford to protect.


  This year’s captains are seniors Grant Tyler, Bryant O’Neal, and Elvis Wiredu. The role of  captain is often underappreciated because of the multitude of accomplishments from last seasonss captains. Wiredu has spent the first part of his senior campaign as the leading scorer for the team with 9 goals.  

  Coach Wheeler believes strongly in his midfield, even though some are inexperienced at the varsity level.

  “Graham Gunter has been playing really well in the midfield along with (freshman) Lucas Beeson, and Liam Wall.” Wheeler said..

   With the help of goal scorers like senior Ibrahim Mohamud and Wiredu, the Caps are able to post some big numbers. For example, earlier this season they were victorious in a 7-1 rout against Garner in the beginning stages of the Wake County Cup. Wiredu netted three goals, which is considered by many an exceptional performance.

Even though this team is 5-3, there is still a great amount of soccer to be played for these individuals. The season is halfway done, and the Caps are surely trending in the right direction, after winning two games in a row by more than three goals.