A team captain since he was a sophomore, Gavin Simons has had no trouble leading Southern Wayne on the soccer pitch this season.
Simons admitted that being a team captain as a sophomore was difficult at times, but now as a senior, he has no trouble stepping into a leadership role on this year’s team.
“At first, it was a little bit hard because being younger and telling everyone what to do that was a little bit odd,” Simons said. “But now, I feel like I fell into the role of it better now that I’m older, so I guess it comes a little more natural now.”
The Saints are currently 5-1 overall and still have 12 games left to play. The last time Southern Wayne won more than five games in a season was 2017, and Simons and his teammates are determined to make sure the Saints have a winning season.
“This already is the best season I’ve played. We’ve already won more games this season than any other season I’ve played here, so that’s good,” Simons said. “Overall, this team is the best team I’ve played with so far here.”
Simons said a big part of the Saint’s success this season is how well rounded the Saints are and how much they’ve come together as a team.”
“They work for the team, and they’re not selfish,” Simons said.
Simons is a big part of the Saints’ success this season. He is currently leading the Saints in both goals (five) and assists (six), and Simons gives his teammates credit for helping him put up those stats.
“I do what I can to help. Definitely, the assists part is most important for the position I’m playing,” Simons said. “As for as the goals go, I think I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. The players feed me the ball, so it’s a team effort.”