The team lines up in a flurry of ribbons and red. Two lines formed, each girl parallel to another, they glance at each other and then begin. They prepare to win, they have done this thousands of times. They shout in unison, the whistle then blows, by now it’s all muscle memory, they smile, prepared to play.
It is no secret that SAS teams get their fair share of wins, but what really sets them apart from the rest of the IASAS schools?
We talked with Chris, Mackenzie and Alex from the Varsity soccer teams to get an insider’s view.
The players interviewed were adamant about letting all other IASAS schools know ‘we aren’t as mean as people think we are’ as well as asking ‘why all the hate?’
While SAS puts on a tough front, their success truly lies on a foundation of hard work and focus.
‘We train five to six times a week’ says boys’ captain Chris. Most schools have a similar training schedule, so there are certainly other factors involved.
Chemistry between team members is crucial at SAS. Mackenzie comments on her relationships: ‘The coach is amazing and super supportive. So are my teammates. We have a lot of inside jokes together and love to mess around.’ Riley mentions how ‘they’re all super nice and encouraging. We all get along extremely well.’
Chris comments ‘Our coaches are very interesting to say the least, but their style works and they are the reason we get the results we do. Our team mates are the ones that implement the ideas of our coach and make it happen on the field, they are certainly solid this year and have a great work ethic.’
“My favourite part about this whole experience is the fact that we train so much together hence our team becomes very close.’
Alex explains how his team ‘comes from a bunch of different groups at school so we have an interesting dynamic and it gets the job done.’
In addition to chemistry, no sport can survive competitively without passion. SAS is no exception. Not only are the players good at what they do, they also love doing it. Chris is motivated by ‘the pressure that competition brings and being able to perform under different situations.’
Mackenzie, despite being a sophomore, is at the heart of the SAS team. Her love for the sport ‘is just having fun while doing it and having amazing people to enjoy the experience with.’
Riley interestingly finds that the sport becomes fulfilling with the ‘the excitement from the crowd.’
All of the players interviewed showed genuine interest in pursuing football in the future. Alex’s ‘goal for football is to continue playing in college, not on the college varsity team but playing intramural and keeping it up. It’s not something I want to give up when I get to college.’
When stripping the matter to its core and questioning why SAS succeeds so consistently, the answer seems relatively simple. The players tell us that, in the end, it all comes down to chemistry and passion.