The Knicker Kickers, a beginning-level RecSports soccer team, are undefeated so far this season and ranked No. 1 in the league.
The Knicker Kickers have played five games, scoring a total of seven goals.
The team won four of the games by a score of 1-0, shutting out their opponent each time.
The Kickers won the other game 3-2. Brendon Larsen, a junior studying exercise physiology and the team captain of the Knicker Kickers, said the team was conceived because he wanted to play recreational soccer.
Eventually his other roommates joined him, and other team members joined after a few of the pick soccer games they played together on Saturday nights.
“Soccer is a game of patience, and one of the biggest challenges is helping keep people calm and patient during the games,” Larson said. “Members of our team have learned to play together really well.”
Larson said those who want to play on a recreational team can start by getting their friends together.
“If you know your team, then you will play better as a team,” Larson said.
McKay Visser, a sophomore studying accounting and the co-captain of the Knicker Kickers, said he has been working on being a good team player.
He scored one goal in the season and has assisted in a few of the goals.
Visser said he tries to help the team keep their intensity while competing against tough opponents.
Visser said that the team’s biggest challenge is playing offensively while also maintaining a strong defense.
“We have a lot of team unity, and we are all really close friends. This friendship shows on the field. Despite the challenges, we are able to overcome them and work efficiently,” Visser said.
Visser said some advice he would give to others is to be a team player and always make the right pass.
Glenn Mackay, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering and the team’s goal keeper, said he did not play soccer in high school, but serving his mission in Mexico made him interested in learning the sport.
“Our defense is really good under pressure. Anyone who would like to play soccer should give it a try,” Mackay said.
Both Mackay and Visser said they have learned about placement, team strategy, selflessness, and team unity during this season.
The Knicker Kickers will be playing in the tournament. Students interested in coming out and sporting the teams can find the schedule on www.imleagues.com.