Will Russell © Copyright 2017
Varsity Keeper - Sandwich Blue Knights - 2017
Senior goalkeeper William Russell has spent most of his young life immersed in the world of soccer.
Since learning the sport at the age of 6, Russell has taken calculated steps which have led his being a co-captain for this year’s boys’ soccer team for the Blue Knights. From the Sandwich Recreational Leagues to Sandwich Travel League, Russell has incrementally risen through the ranks, learning a little bit more of the game at each stop.
The Blue Knights goalie has played for a number of club teams, such as Galway Rovers, Cape Cod Reunited and Liverpool FC. But Russell wasn’t always manning the goal on the pitch. He started out as a defender, then transitioned to midfielder before settling between the posts.
“Playing those previous positions have allowed me to have a better knowledge of the game and helped me to become a better goalkeeper,” he said.
Off the field, Russell has been a part of the Peer Leadership group at Sandwich High School since 2015 and recently started volunteering with the Special Olympics Cape Cod soccer team. In 2011 he was voted the Parents Pick for his Cape Cod Reunited club team as well as Player of the Year.
In addition to being a co-captain this year, he was, also a co-captain for the JV Blue Knights soccer team in 2015.
When he’s not diving for saves and defending the goal, Russell enjoys weight training, and the boat life—spending free time fishing and tubing. Over the summer he worked as a lifeguard at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis and plans to return once the soccer season is over.
This past year he’s traveled with his club team on college showcase tournaments around the country, competing against stiff competition in Los Angeles; Richmond, Virginia; and Long Island, New York.
What do you love about soccer? What drew you to the sport and what made you stick with it?
I love the fast pace of the game and how every match is unique. When I was in grammar school, I liked to watch the Sandwich High School games and admired the gifted players and the way they worked so well together.. This motivated me to apply myself, and improve my game. Working together in a team environment has been beneficial in many ways and the long-lasting friendships I have made over the years through soccer are very important to me.
What is your favorite pregame warmup or workout music?
Hip-hop/rap. My favorite artists are Lil Uzi Vert, Future and NAV.
If you could be one fictional character, who would it be? Why?
James Bond, because he always finds a way out of every situation by using his brain power and whatever tools he has available to him.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
Nelson Mandela, Tim Howard and Bill Russell because of their exceptional leadership ability and successes in the face of adversity.
What is your favorite school subject? Why?
History has always been my favorite subject because I enjoy learning about how society has evolved over time.
What is your greatest high school memory, either athletically or academically?
Last fall, when Robbie Anderson scored the game-winning, overtime goal in the first round of playoffs against Westwood.
What three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Nelson Mandela, Bill Russell and Tim Howard. I would serve spaghetti and meatballs.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
My parents, first and foremost, for supporting me on and off the field and motivating me to always strive to be better. I have been very fortunate to have some dedicated coaches who have helped me succeed on the field and great, caring teachers. My grandmother has also been a great influence and has at times driven two hours to watch my games. I am grateful that our high school team is so close that we feel like a family. We take our game seriously, but also have fun together.
Great Article by the Sandwich Enterprise