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TCC Soccer
Despite the demands, Storm loves its game

Goofy. Developing. Dedicated.

Ask the TCC soccer team members to describe themselves, and those are words they use first.

Add one more word: winners. Halfway through its season, the Storm is 3-2-1. The next challenge? Northern Virginia Community College at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex.

Goofy? “Every time we have a bus ride, we joke with each other the whole way,” says history major Fred Thompson, the team’s leading goal scorer a year ago.

Developing? “We haven’t come together as a team yet, but we’re getting there,” says Cody Delridge, a business major who juggles school and a full-time job at Coca-Cola with soccer.

That’s where the dedication comes in. The team’s 19 players practice twice a week on the Chesapeake Campus, and all balance the soccer season with the demands of classes, jobs and family.

“The thing is all of us love our game,” Delridge says.

Players have a mix of high school and travel soccer experience. Coach Scott Wright is a veteran of the game, having played at Great Bridge High School and Shenandoah University. He and assistant coach Alex Perez would love to have more students show interest in a team that is on the rise. For the first time this season, the Storm has a conference to call its own in the Virginia Community College System Conference. TCC will host the conference tournament Nov. 10-11 at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex.

The stage is set for an even bigger move in a year when TCC will join the National Junior College Athletic Association, which will elevate the program significantly in terms of competition and postseason possibilities.

Until then, the Storm is hoping for more support from the student body.“We would love a fan base; it’s cool when your school is cheering you on,” Thompson says. “Even though this is a community college, there’s definitely some TCC pride when you’re wearing those colors.”