Award of Excellence|
Kyle Green The Roanoke Times
After their season ended in a 0-7 loss to E.C. Glass, the William Fleming soccer team gathered in the locker room one more time to watch the FC Barcelona vs Manchester United European Cup soccer match. Here, the soccer players erupt as a potential goal by FC Barcelona is blocked. The William Byrd High School soccer team is made up of mostly African and South American players, many of whom are not native speakers of English. To a large extent, soccer is what keeps them together. It helps them learn English and it gives them a familiar outlet in an unfamiliar land.