The World's Most Popular Sport
With over 4 billion fans soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Woodlawn fielded it’s first varsity team in 2014 and now competes in the NCISAA 1A division. The Boys team plays in the Fall and the Girls in the Spring. Our teams practice and host home games on the NCAA regulation sized natural turf Alumni Field. Soccer is an excellent sport for youth of all ages as it builds athletic strength, coordination and fosters teamwork. In addition to playing on the varsity team, many of our scholar athletes participate in club leagues and go on to play in the NCAA.
The varsity boys team and the co-ed middle school team play in the fall and girls varsity team plays in the spring.
MEET OUR CoachES
In addition to leading the Soccer team, Coach Edsall teaches Upper School Social Studies and Humanities.
Varsity & Middle School
- What experience do you have playing soccer? – I have played since I was 4 years old. I was a Goalkeeper and played throughout college. In college I practiced with Campbell University’s club team and in high school I was a goalkeeper. In my senior year of high school, we were state finalists and were the first team in our high school’s history to make the state championship in almost 20 years. I also oversaw soccer officiating when I was an intramural sports supervisor at Campbell University.
- What experience do you have coaching soccer? – In officiating, I am a US Soccer Certified Official. With regards to coaching, I am US Soccer Grassroots Certified for Coaching. I have assisted coaching goalkeepers off and on for a few years but this is my first time as a head coach.
- What makes soccer special to you? – This was the sport I was raised in. My dad played soccer and my brothers played soccer and it was a connection for me and my family. My dad was my coach for most of my life so whenever I step out onto the pitch I think of him and remember him. I remember how much the sport meant to him when he played and coached and so it brings up a lot of memories and means a lot to me.
- What would you tell a student to get them interested in soccer? – That you don’t have to have experience with the sport in order to play. We have players of different ages and years of experience on our team but our focus is on growth, camaraderie, and skill development. We want to build a culture at Woodlawn where players can become brothers and become one family. I often show my players a lot of clips from Ted Lasso, which is one of my favorite shows. It may seem silly because it’s a fictional character but a lot of what Ted does and imparts on AFC Richmond, has lessons we can use in real life. I try to tell my players above all else that we are a family first and that that only can happen if we build a good, tight-knit culture.
Team & INdividual
2019 SPAA Champions
2019 NCISAA 1A All-State: Drake Bowen
2019 SPAA All-Conference: Drake Bowen (MVP), RJ Klein, Tanner Atkins
2018 NCISAA 1A State Tournament: tied for 5th place
2018 NCISAA 1A All-State: Drake Bowen
2018 SPAA All-Conference: Drake Bowen, Nick Trovato, Wesley Neal
2017 SPAA All-Conference: Drake Bowen, Nick Trovato, Wesley Neal
2016 SPAA All-Conference: Jake Johnson, Wesley Neal
2015 NCISAA 1A All-State: Drew Hedrick
2015 SPAA All-Conference: Drew Hedrick, Wesley Neal
2014 SPAA All-Conference: Drew Hedrick
2019 Tied for 5th in NCISAA 1A tournament
2019 NCISAA All-State: Alsu Johnson
2019 SPAA All-Conference: Alsu Johnson, Morgan Klein
2018 SPAA All-Conference: Alsu Johnson, Kate Fleming
2017 Seeded #15 in NCISAA 1A Tournament
2017 SPAA All-Conference: Lanie Johnson, Brina Tasker
2016 SPAA All-Conference: Lexi Navarro, Taylor Scott
2015 NCISAA 1A State Champions; SPAA Champions
2015 NCISAA All-State: Clare Robinson, Rachel Coutinho, Rebecca Coutinho
2015 SPAA All-Conference: Clare Robinson (MVP), Rachel Coutinho, Rebecca Coutinho, Lexi Navarro, Carly Bromstead