The Clayton-Bradley Academy Middle School Co-Ed Soccer team is eager to hit the field and compete for their 2022 season. The Blazers start Tuesday April 5th at Apostolic Maryville at 6pm to kick off their Knoxville Independent School League season. With 6 returners from last year's league runner up, the addition of experienced soccer players and a couple of aggressive athletes the team looks to compete in the league yet again.
New Head Coach Josh Perkey has a lot of soccer experience as a player, ref and coach. He is detail focused, fun and disciplined. He shared what he is excited about with this team, "This CBA Middle School soccer team is ready to play! The preseason came and went with the usual challenges. Rainy weather sometimes forced practice into the gym, and like all CBA teams we had several players participating in multiple extracurricular activities. We all endured indoor practice as needed, and the team did well balancing its time. Ultimately, the coaches were able to maintain our preseason training plans. The players are now eager to put on the uniform and compete! I am excited at the combination of veterans and youth on our team. Our CBA Middle School roster simultaneously welcomes back key players and introduces a large group of 5th-graders to the squad. Coach Emily Miller also returns to assist, bringing a wealth of playing and coaching experience and a familiar face for the players."
As far as goals go he says, "I want to see the team continue to grow as a unit. We bring talent to every position on the field, but our success will rely on that talent supporting consistent teamwork. To that end, our practices have focused on small-sided scrimmages and game scenarios. The coaches have great expectations for everyone on the team. As we start the season, our fans should look for both old and new players to make an impact. Katia Biegalski returns at goalkeeper and is our only 8th-grader. Katia is an experienced club netminder, and her presence between the posts will help our young defense. Elle Etheridge (7th-grade) is new to the team but not to the sport and has unselfishly accepted an aggressive central position on the back line. Lark Miller (7th-grade) and Tevy Magnuson (7th-grade), last season’s tournament stand-outs, also return and will anchor the midfield with both defensive and attacking responsibilities. While a third of the team roster comes from the 5th-grade, do not let them fool you. Strikers Andrew DeMarchis (5th-grade) and Asher Wagner (5th-grade) both have the potential to cause headaches for opposing defenses."
Be sure to come cheer on our Middle School team as they look to be competitive yet again in the KISL.