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  • Falcon senior Sam Kriel led a group of youngsters in dribbling drills during Severna Park boys soccer's clinic on August 25.
    Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern
    Falcon senior Sam Kriel led a group of youngsters in dribbling drills during Severna Park boys soccer's clinic on August 25.
  • Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern
  • Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern
  • Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern
  • Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern
  • Photos by Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern

Severna Park Boys Soccer Connects Generations With Community Clinics

Dave Topp
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September 7, 2017

The preseason signals multiple events for the boys varsity soccer program at Severna Park. Along with the early morning training sessions and the final days of summer vacation, it also means the return of the annual boys varsity soccer players clinic.

Now in its fourth year, the clinic attracts flocks of young soccer players who look forward to the opportunity to train with the older Falcon players.

“We grew up here. We came to this every year. It’s great to give back,” said Falcon senior Ryan Muldoon. “Playing [soccer] with the kids is so fun.”

Held in the evening under the clear skies at Kinder Farm Park on August 25, the clinic offered several stations across the turf field for kids ages 5 to 13 to hone their soccer skills. The clinic is also used to assist the team in fundraising for various needs including some apparel and end-of-season senior gifts.

“It’s a great group of kids that really want to give back,” said head coach Ryan Parisi about his varsity team, which features 16 seniors this year. The team has been in preseason training since August 12.

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Passing, shooting, dribble moves and working together as a team highlighted some of the stations kids participated in.

“It’s a culture for us,” Parisi said. “If we do the right things within the community, hopefully they will come and support us.”

This event is just one of a few community events that the soccer team is involved with on a regular basis. In addition to running the clinic, the team recently came together to pack meals for the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center in Annapolis, and the Falcons also had the honor of representing Severna Park by holding the flag for the national anthem at a recent D.C. United game.

Despite only being in year four of the clinic, the connection up to the varsity soccer team continues to grow in strength. With close to 100 youth players participating, the clinic has roughly doubled the attendance of previous years.

“[With] some of the guys on the team now, I was here when they were in this event. It’s awesome to see how much they’ve grown,” said senior midfielder Sam Kriel. “It’s awesome seeing all these generations come. The seasons go so fast, but it’s awesome to grow with our brothers.”

A found memory for Parisi, who is now in his 10th year with the program, is seeing the younger fans lining the old high school sidelines while cheering on the older players.

“If they have a personal tie to any one of the players, they are more likely to come and support us,” said Parisi, who noted the challenges of getting younger fans and students over to Kinder Farm Park for 3:30pm home games, which will be a bygone memory by this time next year when the school’s new stadium field is fully constructed and the team can resume playing games later in the evening.

The Falcons will open up their regular season county play with a home match against Arundel on September 13.

“Scoring goals and winning games is important, but at the end of the day, helping the community and doing well in the classroom ranks above that,” said Muldoon.

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