This week’s AOTW is senior Peter Kohring, who has been on the SME Soccer team all four years of high school. The team’s first game was a win on Friday 3-0 over SMW.
When did you start playing soccer?
“I started playing soccer when I was in kindergarten. I was on a Leawood Recreational Team.”
After that did you switch over to a club team?
“Yes, after that I switched over to club soccer when I was in fourth or fifth grade — it was the KC Strikers.”
What drove you to get serious with soccer?
“It got to the point where our rec team — TJ [Libeer] and Hunter [Cooper] were on it with me — we hit an age where we were extremely good in the league and my dad was our coach and told us we were all good enough to make the club level. Our team then switched into club.”
How long have you been on the East soccer team?
“I’ve been in the East program since freshman year. I made JV freshman and sophomore year, then varsity junior and senior year.”
What position do you play?
“I play center back.”
How many days a week do you practice?
“We practice five days a week, Monday through Friday, and sometimes our coach schedules Saturday practices.”
How often are games?
“Games are twice a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays — but sometimes there’s only one game a week.”
What does a typical practice look like?
“We usually start off by stretching, then Kelly will have drills for us. We typically end practice by scrimmaging. They are usually two hours long.”
What is one of your favorite traditions the soccer team has?
“Ever since last year, after our games on the ride home, we play “Kill The Lights” as a celebration for winning.”
What’s your favorite part about being on the soccer team?
“Probably the camaraderie. My teammates are my brothers. I love all of them and it’s also fun to do stuff off the field with them like watching games at each other’s houses, and hanging out.”
What are you most looking forward to this season?
“I really hope we can win state this year, like we always wanted to. I think we have a good chance this year.”