Solomon Bennett, Class of 2018
Berkshire Waldorf’s 2017 soccer season opened with the full force of the hot summer sun beating down on the players on the field, sweat plastering their bodies. Halfway through the season, the chilled fingertips of winter begin to grasp at the warm light. A cool breeze edged onto the soccer field, and leaves descended lazily in golds, oranges, and reds, stirred into action by the shuffle of players’ feet. As the season came to a close, the hand of winter closed its grip. Frigid temperatures took their stand in the latter half of the day, and trees stood bare. Players jogged in place and rubbed their hands together to stay warm. Despite the unforgiving air, the fiery energy of the game kept Waldorf’s players’ spirits rejuvenated.
With one of its smallest teams in recent years, the Berkshire Waldorf High School soccer program, coached by Iolani DeRis, hovered between just ten or eleven players, or just enough to be able to play on the field. Often, the opposing teams that BWHS faced were twice the size, if not more. Though this meant that each BWHS player would usually be on the field for the entire game, it also necessitated that each member of the team receive a great deal more practice and in-game experience than individual players might on a larger team. As a result, there was a seismic improvement in the skill of each player, from dribbling and passing skills, to effective communication and and strategizing, to a better general understanding of the rules of the game.
Regardless of the size of the team, the BWHS soccer team performed staggeringly better than was anticipated. The final record was four wins, four losses, and one tie. Moving into future seasons, it will be interesting to see how the team changes as veteran players leave and new ones join. For now, on to winter sports!