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Boys vs. Girls High School Soccer

October 1, 2019

Isabella Shradar  

Senior

Q: How long is a normal practice? 

A: “It’s usually an hour and a half to an hour and forty-five minutes.” 

Q: When do you start conditioning? 

A: “We have open field right now…but conditioning starts in November.” 

Q: Do coaches give you any dietary restrictions? 

A: “They don’t impose a diet [on you], but they expect you to be taking care of yourself and eating healthy.” 

Q: How long is a game? 

A: “We usually have an hour to forty-five minute warmup before the game, and then you have two forty minute halves [and a] ten minute half time. In general, you’re probably doing stuff for two and a half hours.”  

Q: What expectations do the coaches have? 

A: “They do have high expectations of your grades. They really endorse working hard, getting your classes right.” 

Q: What’s the number of games per season? 

A: “I think it’s somewhere around eight before metros.” 

Q: Do you hold team-bonding activities? 

A: “We do team dinners. Personally, I want to try and get better at that as a senior this year.” 

Q: What’s the most important part of being a good soccer player? 

A: “I think it’s ability to take things with a grain of salt. If your coach is yelling at you, you need to understand it’s not because he hates you… he’s trying to make you better.” 

Q: How often do you hold practices? 

A: “During the season, usually we have a practice every day except for game days.” 

Q: How would you describe the practice energy? 

A: “Our assistant coach, Denton, really tries to get the energy high. Jose [the head coach] is a lot more ‘it’s upon yourselves’ to rally within each other to find that energy to have a good practice.” 

Q: Do you like your coaches? 

A: “I do enjoy them. Denton, I love. Jose, I love.” 

Q: How many players are usually on your team? 

A: “We usually have 18-20 at the beginning of the season.” 

Q: What was your record last year? 

A: “I don’t even know. It was not what I wanted.” 

Q: What is a typical practice like? 

A: “We usually have a warmup… and then we do ball work. Then our coach will come in and he’ll usually do passing patterns. Last year we did a lot of focusing on small-sided attacking and defending. At the end, we’d finish with something involving shooting.” 

Q: Do you do weight training? 

A: “We do not do weight training.” 

Q: Should girls be allowed to play one the boys team/vice versa? 

A: “I think that girls can play with boys, but obviously it can’t be pity points. You have to be able to keep up. I don’t think that boys should be able to play with girls because they do have the genetical aspect of it…they’re built to be more physically prepared for a game.” 

Q: Is there a difference in physicality in boys and girls soccer? 

A: “Yes, I think that boys are not as physical as girls. When I started playing with the boys team [for my club], …they were freaking out because I was so aggressive.” 

Q: Do you think the Central girls team will win state this year? 

A: “I have a goal to make it to the state tournament. I’m never going to say never, but I don’t see it.” 

Q: What are your goals for the season? 

A: “I want us to be able to win our metro/district. I think we can win our district at least and make it to state, at least for one round.” 

 

 

Coy Leytham 

Senior

Q: How long is a normal practice? 

A: “A regular practice is about an hour [and] thirty [minutes].” 

Q: When do you start conditioning? 

A: “About three months before the season actually starts.” 

Q: Do coaches give you any dietary restrictions? 

A: “No.” 

Q: How long is a game? 

A: “Games are usually forty minutes each half.” 

Q: What expectations do the coaches have? 

A: “Our work ethic is crazy. You’re just working hard and getting better than the person next to you.” 

Q: What’s the number of games per season? 

A: “Eighteen. If you go to state, 20-23.” 

Q: Do you hold team-bonding activities?  

A: “All the time. We do team dinners every week during the season.” 

Q: What’s the most important part of being a good soccer player? 

A: “School. We had a lot of really, really good players that if they got good grades, they’d easily go to D1 (division one).” 

Q: How often do you hold practices? 

A: “Every day a week besides Monday for the whole season.” 

Q: How would you describe the practice energy? 

A: “It’s either we’re slacking really hard , and it’s not a good day, or it’s a really good day. There’s really not an in between.”  

Q: Do you like your coaches? 

A: “I do. Pham- favorite person ever. He’s there for all of us. The new head coach brings all the coaching aspects that Pham doesn’t have.” 

Q: How many players are usually on your team? 

A: “Probably 22 total.” 

Q: What was your record last year? 

A: “I think it was nine and nine. We lost some games we shouldn’t have and won some games we shouldn’t have.” 

Q: What is a typical practice like? 

A: “Get out on the field, get all your stuff on. Stretch out with the whole team. I’m a goalie, so I go do some goalie stuff while the players do technical stuff. At the end of practice, we usually get some shooting in.” 

Q: Do you do weight training? 

A: “For conditioning, we do, but we don’t during the season.” 

Q: Should girls be allowed to play one the boys team/vice versa?  

A: “I think if a girl is way above where all the other girls are [then yes]. If we had a girl that was outstanding, number one in the state, I think that she should be able to join the boys team.” 

Q: Is there a difference in physicality in boys and girls soccer? 

A: “Typically, if you watch a girls game of soccer, it’s way slower in physicalness.” 

Q: Do you think the Central boys team will win state this year?  

A: “I do.” 

Q: What are your goals for the season?  

A: “My goal this season is to be on point with everything. See one person slacking off, the whole team is taking a consequence for it. I’m trying to be the person that keeps it all in line.” 

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