Over the course of a storybook season like this one, there are no singular heroes. In establishing such a standard of excellence, stars reveal themselves on the field of play just as they might when shooting across the night sky.
Kraig Feldman nearly marched all the way to a Public League soccer championship in his first year as head coach, something that took his father, Sam, 10 years to complete twice.
With the waning seconds ticking away in Monday night’s Public League girls soccer championship, a handful of eager young male fans ran excitedly through the bleachers at Northeast High School wearing just their undergarments. After all that this Franklin Towne Charter group has given the school the last three years, supporters must be running out of ways to thank head coach Brianna O’Donnell’s team.
Even with the loss of 17 seniors and the only head coach the Archbishop Ryan soccer program has ever known, Jared Ott never once considered spending his senior season elsewhere.
For Frankford football, three lopsided non-league losses to open the 2013 campaign now seem like ancient history.
Like anyone recently retired from a career they spent decades in, Sam Feldman found himself looking for something to do. When he couldn’t come up with anything substantial, the former boys soccer coach at Northeast High School reached for the familiar.
A Fishtown man's love of soccer is remembered in a memorial game held at Northeast High School.
At 0-3, the sky wasn’t necessarily falling for the George Washington football team. After all, the losses were all at the hands of formidable non-league opponents, and the rest of the Eagles’ division hadn’t fared much better through the first three weeks.
Shane Kelly loved good soccer. Even beyond that, he was consumed by the sport’s ability to bring people together.