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Seniors bid farewell

Boys’ soccer senior players finish out the season
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Jaidyn Palladini
Huddle up. The boys soccer team takes a quick break as they prepare to resume their game.

The boys’ soccer season ended abruptly in a loss to Central Mountain in the semifinals. The loss was the last time many senior soccer players would be on a field competitively. 

“Beating Hollidaysburg on their home turf was probably the most memorable part of the season,” senior Connor Adams said. 

The team also saw a lot of improvements between this season and last. The teams points against went down by 18 goals. They focused more on one other and playing as a team than they did on themselves.

“I think for myself and the team, we performed a lot better this year than we did last year. We didn’t fold as much as we did last year, and we kept our heads up. It was a really great season,” senior Daniel Kelley said.

With the class of 2023 leaving, the 2024 class must step up on the field. The leadership roles changed drastically. 

“I definitely took more of a leadership role than last year because this year I was probably the one that everybody was looking up to, as well as the other seniors on the team. I feel like I took on a lot more responsibility,” Kelley said.

Soccer has changed the players on and off the field in many ways.

“It made me a lot more of a team player both on and off of the field. I’ve gotten a lot more vocal as well,” Adams said.

“Playing for this team changed me on the field because it opened my eyes to more positions. I never really played anything other than defense but this year, they said ‘oh, you can try it out,’  and then I scored a few goals and had a great time off the field. It was a great experience because we loved to hang out. We always do a ritual where we have a hangout before the home games. It was a great and overall a fun time,” Kelley said.

Much like last year, the seniors will be leaving the juniors to step up and lead the team. 

 “To the underclassmen, I’d say keep your heads up. You have a long road ahead of you, do better, and keep progressing through the years. For the juniors, I’d say next year I want you all to step up. You have a bigger responsibility, and I want you to lead this team to a successful season,” Kelley said

“Just don’t get in your own head. Don’t fight with each other. Just act as a team and then do your best,” Adams said.

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Brandon Auker, Reporter

My name is Brandon Auker, and this is my first year on the Mountain Echo staff. I've always loved writing, and even considered a career in journalism for sports. In my freetime, I like to hangout with my friends, watch sports and play video games.

Jaidyn Palladini, Editor in Chief
Hello, I'm Jaidyn, and I'm a senior at AAHS. This is my third year writing for the Mountain Echo. I am also an Editor in Chief this year! My favorite hobby is twirling, and I also do photography as a side job for family, friends, etc. A fun fact about me is that I work on the Production Team at the Altoona Curve where I take part in photography, videography, and graphics. Other than being on the staff, I am also very involved when it comes to school. I am involved in Majorettes, Chorus, Drama, and Vocal Ensemble. I found a passion for writing towards the end being in junior high and it has gotten me to where I am now. When I get older, I will be majoring in Communications and minoring in photography and sports journalism. I will be attending Penn State University when I graduate high school and I hope to twirl with the Blue Band. I'm looking forward to what this year has to bring to me, and I'm happy to keep you all updated on events going on here! Thanks for checking in! :)

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