A Day with Lakeside’s Men’s Soccer Team


The bright lights that shine down on Adams Stadium get turned on for a different type of “football” in the spring. Lakeside’s Men’s soccer team kicked off its season with two wins and one loss heading into their matchup against Dunwoody.

Pre-game Fuel: Each player stops by coach Richmond’s classroom before the game to pick a bag with various snacks inside. “It’s a great honor to be part of the Lakeside soccer. During my career at Lakeside I’ve experienced some of the highest moments like when we were undefeated region champs, and I’ve experienced low moments like when we lost a game so close to the state championship and the time we didn’t make the playoffs at all,” said senior starting striker Luel Tekilemarium.

Photo by Mark Rotolo

Getting Ready to Go: Captains lead lines as players do various activities to help get ready for the games which are 80 minutes of non-stop running. “As my year is ending for high school, I want us to go out with a bang and be part of Lakeside history and tradition because that’s what all my coaches have taught me through the years,” said senior captain Tekilemarium.

Photo by Mark Rotolo

Loosening up: Captains organize the team into a circle where they all stretch together before breaking off to do their own warm ups.

Photo by Mark Rotolo

Breaktime: Player rest and listen to coach Richmond while they lead 2-1 at the break. Two starters left the game due to injury in the first half and Dunwoody scored a quick goal, but they were able to recover quickly and take the lead back late in the first half.

Photo by Mark Rotolo

Crossing His Mind: Sophomore Ryan Dunbar looks down the field as he gets ready to clear it down field. Lakeside was scoreless in the second half, but they were still able to pull out the win. “We played well although we could have moved around the ball more and played with more energy, but we did what was needed to get the win,” said Junior captain Parker Morford.

Photo by Mark Rotolo

GOOOAAALLL: Sophomore Matthew Franklin celebrates his goal with juniors Parker Morford and Carter Hunnicutt and senior Ariel Mendoza. “This is one of the better teams we have had since I’ve been at Lakeside,” said Junior starting left wing Jerod Spetseris, “Our chemistry between players is very good.”

Photo by Bill Seybolt

Shoots and Scores: Junior Maverik Ruiz readies himself as he prepares to make a move toward the goal. “I really didn’t expect my goal to go in,” said Ruiz after weaving through three defenders and taking a shot from nearly outside the goalie box.

Photo by Bill Seybolt

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