There’s no heading in soccer this season, but Doherty coach Will Halfmann is proud of the way his players kept their heads up after it was announced last week all fall sports in Worcester would be played in the fall II season that’ll begin Feb. 22.
Especially the talented trio of Shawn Chambers, Elijah Kalombo and Jemal Mohamud for taking the lead — as one who expect of senior captains — and keeping things positive.
“I’m lucky, I have three amazing captains; they’re strong characters, real true leaders,” Halfmann said. “They were kind of glad it was postponed because they felt like given everything going on with COVID in Worcester it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to get a bunch of guys together, even though we’d be doing the masks and the distancing, while the cases increased.
“So they’re hoping that by next spring Worcester can be in better shape and we’ll be able to take the field in whatever way we can.”
Halfmann, who was a four-year varsity soccer player for Doherty before graduating in 2002, has guided the Highlanders to the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament in each of his first eight seasons since being named coach in 2012.
There will be such opportunity should Doherty takes the field next spring as regional and state soccer tournaments have been canceled for the school year. Same goes for a chance to win the Inter-High, something the Highlanders last did in 2017, as leagues are out and geographic pods are in.
But Doherty, which is grouped with Inter-High rivals Burncoat, North and South along with Worcester Tech, St. Paul and Abby Kelley, will be ready to compete if given the chance.
“They’re just dying to get out there to represent Doherty and play against these teams in our pod because it’s a city pod,” Halfmann said. “A lot of these people have grown up with each other, played with and against each other their whole lives, and there’s a lot of pride on the line as far as whose team could beat who.
“I know that whenever we’re able to play soccer, they just want to go out there and win every game we play. So the alignment is an adjustment for us to get used to, but it’s not going to change a thing in my opinion as far as how hungry they are and how badly they want to win.”
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