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Spartan Boys Soccer aims to win through inclusivity

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Co-captain Robin Barlett dribbles past a group of players during a game against St. Thomas Academy at Historic Lang Field.

Co-captain Robin Barlett dribbles past a group of players during a game against St. Thomas Academy at Historic Lang Field.

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Submitted by: Robin Barlett

Co-captain Robin Barlett dribbles past a group of players during a game against St. Thomas Academy at Historic Lang Field.

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Boys Varsity Soccer is focusing on bringing the team closer than ever before and ushering in a new era of inclusivity.

“We’re trying to give people a lot more of a voice this year,” captain Robin Bartlett said.

“We’d like the general, everyday conversation to be one that’s inclusive of every- one,” he said.

To do this, the captains have extended traditions, such as the warm-up playlist, team meals, and dress-up days. In the past upperclassmen often had exclusive authority over those decisions, and team dinners were often limited to players who could drive.

I would like to expect for the culture of the team to stay positive and the style of play to continue to get better. ”

— Co-captain Robin Barlett

This year, however, due to the equal distribution of players across grade levels, the captains have made these decisions a democratic process. Looking forward to the rest of the season, Bartlett is optimistic.

“My expectations are for us to continue to improve. We’re going to keep playing better together as a team, and hopefully make a deep run in the playoffs, but we don’t like to focus on that. We like to focus on just getting there first, and then resetting our season goals once we get there I would expect for the culture of the team to stay very positive and the style of play to continue getting better,” Bartlett said.

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