For Renaissance soccer forward Sam Asomoah the soccer field serves as a getaway from the outside world. Like many players, soccer serves a greater purpose for him than just a sport.
“Playing soccer will help you to get to a better state,” says Asomoah. “Actually relieve some of your emotional stress when you step on the field.”
Asomoah moved to Springfield four years ago, leaving his home country of Ghana behind was a big change for the high school freshman but the love of the game made the transition that much easier.
“It was really different and really hard starting all over,” says Asomoah “But i got used to it really quick because people were friendly and the game of soccer was here so i got onto that really quick.”
“He had raw talent when he first got here, says Renaissance head coach Dave Aponte. ” He puts in 110% every single time he's on that field. On or of the field, he practices at home and he puts it out here.”
In just four games this season, Asomoah has already tallied five goals and two assists on the young season. However, he says his hardest challenge so far this year is taking on the role of team captain.
“It's a whole new challenge this senior year being a captain,” says Asomoah.” “I learned from the past few captains. I'm just trying to set an example for the other players.”
“All the kids feed off of him and the way he is and they try to play like that as well,” says Aponte.
Renaissance soccer faces the unique challenge of bringing two groups together as they're team is made up of kids from both Renaissance and Sci-Tech.
“Two different school with two different traditions, but when it come to the game of soccer everyone is the same and we are all family,” says Asomoah. “We all love each other. It's not as hard as it looks.”
Look out for this young Renaissance team to make some noise this year in Western Mass as they're lead by their soft spoken captain who lets his play do the talking
“He is very quiet,” explains Aponte. “It takes a couple times where I have to say ‘I can't hear you, I can't hear you,' but all in all he is a true leader.
Every time he touches that ball he is a threat automatically. And in my book he is the best player in Western Mass. Prove me otherwise but to me he is.”