Our hands are one of the most vital parts of our body. Hands text, swipe, type, write, clap, grab, release, and feel. Some might say that hands make up our very essence of being human. Now imagine having to guard another person, maneuver a ball, and guard a goal all while being prohibited from using one’s hands. Now, to many this sounds impossible, but for Murrah High School’s Boys and Girls Soccer Teams, impossible, in this regard, is not even in their vocabulary.
In order to be a good team, it requires three things: perseverance, a willingness to improve, and a love for the game.
Perseverance is a very intimidating word. In layman’s terms, it means to carry dedication through all the struggles and still try one’s hardest. Before Murrah’s Soccer Teams became what they are today, they dealt with obstacles that most students and teams do not have to face. Murrah’s Boys Soccer Team had no coach two years ago, yet they persevered through a loss in leadership, deciding to step up and hold their own practices. By doing this, they advanced in skill and in their bond as brothers.
Junior soccer player Matthew Araujo. Photo by Mackenzie Williams.
“[Coach] Renaldo really turned us around,” player August Harp explains. August is a senior this year balancing two AP classes and a full schedule of soccer. He plays center, attack, and mid. He is an experienced soccer player, and he knows all about the struggle and improvements his team has faced. August continues, “Renaldo came [my] junior year and before that we had been really a really bad team [sic]. Renaldo gave us belief that we could win against teams [who have] more resources.”
The Murrah High School Boys Soccer Team improves with every 1 hour and 45 minute practice that it has, and Coach Renaldo is a very important part of that improvement.
Toleration. Like. Love.
Love is exactly what Sellena Dixon, a junior that plays left and right mid on the Murrah High School Girl’s Team, has for the game of soccer. “I just like the game…the teammates and winning.” Selena receives the same love from her teammates. “I feel like in order to be a good team you have to be a family,” she says, “You have to have a good relationship to be a good team.”
“You have a brotherhood with the team,” August agrees, “We are really close and we do ALL things together.” The soccer team is a family, and in a family you have to have love in order to get through rough patches and help each other. Matthew Araujo, a junior that plays outside mid and forward, agrees, “Absolutely. We eat together, we go paintballing together, we win together, and we lose together.”
A sport that bonds students of different backgrounds together without the use of any hands. Soccer bonds Murrah students through perseverance, through improvement, with hearts, and with brotherhood. Soccer is a strategic sport. Soccer, known as football in other countries, has the same effect on Murrah students as it has on people worldwide.