Pomfret Soccer’s Odyssey to Success

by Tim Haggerty ’13 –
Co-captain of boys’ varsity soccer

Soccer has always meant a lot to me. It has helped me get into high school and will eventually assist in the college process. These past two seasons have been the best teams created in Pomfret’s history, according to Waddy Rowe. Mr. Rowe has coached the BVS team for 31 years and this year he says, “We are the best team he has seen in Pomfret.” Coming into the season, everyone knew there were high expectations, not only community based, but globally. Pomfret soccer was never fully recognized as a powerhouse until last year when we made a great semi-finals run in the playoffs. Some considered last year to be j a “fluke year,” so upon arriving in August for pre-season, all 11 seniors on the team knew they had pressure and expectations coming from everyone.

For our coaches, I think this season, if successful, will open many doors for Pomfret. It’s likely to become the next big soccer school.  Head Coach Mr. Burke has already done a great job of bringing in kids that will be good in years to come. In Mr. Rowe’s case, these next few seasons will be the final stretch for him. Stepping down as head coach and appointing Mr. Burke as the head was a big change. In many cases, Mr. Rowe has become that inspirational leader and coach every coach should aspire to be. He can be stern when its needed, he can gentle when a kid is down, and he can also be a father figure. In many different ways, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without his support. And it’s not only Mr. Rowe, it’s all the coaches at Pomfret that have been key in my success here.

For the seniors, I think this season means the last great high school soccer team they will have. Some of them will never play on a soccer team again and for others this is just another stepping stone towards college athletics. I think this season means hope and a bright future to our underclassmen. Many will learn from the 11 seniors that this team means more to the school than any of us can realize. As a team, we have yet to get a banner and we do, indeed, have some unfinished business on the field.

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photos by: Georgia Morrison ’14, Chloe Gillespie ’14, Rob Cleary ’14

About Pomfret School

Founded in 1894, Pomfret is an independent co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school for 350 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, located on a scenic 500 acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut.
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