Since Bastrop High started its soccer program two years ago, Adron Greenwood has emerged as one of the side's key players. Besides starting at forward from the outset, the 5-7, senior forward has been elected as a team co-captain by his teammates both years.
“Adron's definitely popular among his teammates,” Bastrop coach Joey Toncrey said. “The guys trust his leadership on the field.”
Like the vast majority of his teammates, Greenwood had no soccer experience prior to last season. However, Toncrey says he has learned the game quickly.
“Adron understands the game and understands what we are trying to do as a team,” Toncrey said. “He's a big help on the field as far as trying to get everybody on the same page. He definitely goes out there with the best interest of the team in mind.”
Greenwood has helped fill the team's leadership void following the graduation of Tyler Keating, last year's co-Captain.
“Adron's a good kid. He's very respectful,” Toncrey said. “He's done whatever I've asked him to do. He never complains about any of the conditioning. Before the football players came back, I really relied on him during (pre-season) conditioning. He worked hard during conditioning and everybody followed his lead.”
Greenwood scored his first career goal earlier this season against Ouachita Christian.
Off the pitch, Greenwood is a 3.7 student with a 27 ACT score and has accepted an academic scholarship to ULM.
BDE: What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of soccer?
Adron Greenwood: My favorite part is when the whole team works together and we play well.
My least favorite part is when we get discouraged and start playing sloppy.
BDE: Why did you decide to play soccer?
Greenwood: I always thought it looked like a fun sport. I went to tryouts last year and coach Toncrey said I could be really good at it. I enjoy playing. It's definitely my favorite sport.
BDE: Did you play any other sports growing up?
Greenwood: I played baseball in Dixie Youth. I played my freshman year here, but didn't enjoy it as much as the city league. I've also played a little golf.
BDE: What is the biggest improvement you have made since you started playing?
Greenwood: As far as from last year to this year, my footwork and speed have improved a lot.
BDE: How much improvement has the team made over the past year?
Greenwood: It's a phenomenal difference. We've gone from not knowing how to touch a soccer ball to cooperating as a team. We're still in the process of getting it down, but we're actually starting to understand the sport. I know our first win is coming.
BDE: What has been the most challenging part of starting a program from the ground up?
Greenwood: Most people around here don't know anything about soccer, so getting people to come out and give it a chance has been a challenge. If people would give it a chance, they would like it.
I'm very proud of my coaches for trying so hard and staying with the program.
BDE: What is your role as team captain?
Greenwood: My job is to keep the team motivated and not let them get discouraged when we get behind as well as being a leader on and off the field. I have to try my best to be a good role model for everyone else on the team. Being a Captain is a lot of responsibility.
BDE: What did you learn from Tyler Keating last season?
Greenwood: I learned from Tyler that we should never give up on anything. If we try hard enough, we will succeed.
BDE: What does soccer mean to this community?
Greenwood: I think it's still a curiosity for a lot of people, which I hope it sparks enough interest for people to come out and see us play. If people will come watch us, maybe more people will try out for the team next year.
BDE: How important has it been to play some home matches this year?
Greenwood: A lot of people's family members haven't been able to come to the away games, especially to places like Ruston which are a pretty good distance away. Playing some home games, everybody has been able to come out and support us, which makes a big difference.
BDE: What is it going to take to build a competitive soccer program at Bastrop High?
Greenwood: Maybe a taste of victory. If we could just get our first win, I think we would start winning more and more and become a competitive team. We try real hard out there.
BDE: What are you going to miss the most about playing high school soccer?
Greenwood: I'm definitely going to miss the time I spend with my teammates. It's really a new experience, being with a team from the very beginning. Each and every one of us are working toward the same goal, which makes it easy to keep working hard.
BDE: What are your future plans?
Greenwood: I'm going to ULM and plan on becoming a dentist.
BDE: How did you become interested in dentistry?
Greenwood: After I got my braces off, I was so happy when I saw how much my smile had changed. I would like to do something that makes people that happy.
It's not bad pay, either.
By Marq Mitcham
Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
By Marq Mitcham
Updated Jan. 14, 2013 @ 10:23 pm
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