Lancer of the Week: Star athlete Caleb Needle dominates on the soccer field


Courtesy of Scott Needle

Needle is pictured dribbling the ball down the field during a game for the Potomac Soccer Alliance

Caleb Needle, who has been playing soccer for over 13 years, is one of the most talented players on the boys soccer team. Needle has been a four year varsity starter. He is the team’s leading scorer, and is an incredible playmaker.

This year, the varsity team is led by captains Caleb Needle, Jack Watsic, and Josh Watson, all of whom are members of The Class of 2017.

In the 2015 season, Needle scored seven goals, and in the 2016 season he scored nine. So far, Needle has three goals in the 2017 season, but hopes to continue to improve his statistics every game.

Alongside playing on the high school team, he now plays for Potomac Soccer Association, one of the most prestigious clubs in Maryland. Needle is a member of the 1999 team, which is expected to dominate in its league. Further information on Potomac Soccer Association can be found here.

Prior to Potomac, Needle played for Alliance Soccer Club for around six years. While playing for Alliance, he was coached by Mr. Tom Noonan, who he considers to be the best coach he’s ever had. He left Alliance Soccer Club for Potomac because he needed more opportunities to be scouted by college teams.

Needle is looking to play soccer in college, and has recently met with the coaches of several schools. He is looking to play for a school with a pre med program, as he wants to pursue a career in the medical field.

Fellow team captain Jack Watsic says, “Caleb is incredibly fast but maintains a soft touch on the ball, allowing him to easily keep the ball at his feet and making him nearly impossible to defend.”

For any players looking to play, Needle says, “The most important part of any sport is practice. Never give up, be persistent, and remember that in the grand scheme of things, not every game matters.”

Hannah Haught
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