High school sports provide a community and outlet for students: Soccer

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Senior Kenedi Pohl looks on during a stoppage in play.

By Tuesday Bowen

All high school students need an escape in order to relieve themselves of not only the stresses of school, but the hardships of life. Having something that makes someone happy, even for a short period of time, is almost crucial to one’s well being. For many girls on the school’s soccer team, soccer serves this purpose.

Soccer affects the players on a day-to-day basis. It keeps players immensely busy doing what they love, which allows for a hefty distraction from the outside stresses of life.

“Soccer is important to me because I know when I step on the field everything is okay. It’s almost like I can escape from reality for a few hours,” junior Devyn Prince said.

At first, balancing school and soccer can be a challenge. Not only do players have to keep their grades up in order to play, but they also have to teach themselves how to properly do both while still watching out for their well being and work habits. However, over time it gets easier or they learn.

“Soccer has taught me a lot about life. Because it takes up a lot of time, it has taught me not to procrastinate on school work in order to keep my grades up,”  junior Sarah Reeves said.

Although being on a soccer team requires numerous sacrifices made in regard to one’s time and effort, it is worth it in the end. The game is an outlet to many of the girls who play.

“During practice or games, it’s all I need to worry about. I can forget about everything else in that moment and play a game I love,” junior Emily Alexander said.

Separate from all of the hard work players on the girls soccer team have to put in, soccer is a positive experience that brings them happiness. Soccer is an important component to the lives of those who play. It is a lifeline to the rest of their busy lives.

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Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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