Soccer has been a long-standing tradition at The Riverside School. The 5-6th grade team coach, Jamie Yerkes, played when he attended Riverside in middle school and his passion for the game has continued on with his son, Gus, who played on the 5-6th grade team. The team ended their season undefeated with two ties.
Jamie commented, "It was a thrill to see how quickly these kids started to play together as a team. A lot of them started the season with little to no soccer experience but they picked up on team spirit almost immediately. That is why they were so successful. They will all be playing together for 2-3 more seasons of Riverside soccer, building on these team skills. I’m very excited to see how they develop over the next few years."
Joel Gilbert, the 7-8th grade team coach, stated that that team was well balanced with both a strong defense and an offense making many generous passes. The students also had well distributed skill levels with many players scoring their first goals. Their final standings were 7-1.
During his five years of coaching, Mr. Gilbert has always encouraged every student to play for the team and worked to give roughly equal playing time for all. This hasn’t always made the team as competitive but has nurtured team camaraderie and sportsmanship which are far more important than winning the games.
The Riverside School’s soccer program is a leadership opportunity for students, a place to have fun exercising and developing skills, and most importantly a venue to grow their sense of community.