Soccer Soars at CCC

By Christopher Wharton

It’s about having fun. The Cumberland County College Soccer Club has kicked off another season this fall under head coach John Lore. Lore is entering his 5th year as head coach of the soccer club at CCC and he’s here to have fun.
“It’s strange but it’s fun at the same time,” Lore said,

The soccer club is an unofficial sport at CCC but that doesn’t mean they aren’t competitive. So far this season the soccer club has played two intercollegiate games against Atlantic Cape Community College and have split the two games at one win a piece. Fourteen players, both male and female, have joined Lore this season to participate in the club. However, winning is not the most satisfying aspect of coaching for Lore.
“Seeing players succeed, seeing them do well and watching them work together is most satisfying,” Lore said.
It’s satisfying for Lore to have success with this team because it is the only team he has coached before in his career. But, although he enjoys coaching, it is not all fun and games for Lore.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that there are a lot of logistics involved in setting up a match,” Lore said. “Like making sure we have a field that we can play on, making sure we have a referee who is qualified, it’s a challenge.”
Also, he doesn’t see himself as a coach.
“I’m really not much of a coach. I’m more of a player,” Lore said, “but it’s fun to see (the game) from a different angle.”
And with as much fun as the soccer club is having, it doesn’t seem they will be changing anything soon. The soccer club at CCC was an official sport in the past but the college decided to move away from varsity. It appears they are going to stay a club for a little while longer.
“If it were possible (to become an official sport) it would be good but I would have step away,” Lore said, “I would not have the time and resources to do that.”
Therefore, it seems that coach Lore and the players are content with being a club team rather than a varsity team. The players have the freedom to participate when they wish and sit out when necessary without consequences or punishment.
“It’s a club team. It’s not a varsity team where I could threaten (the players) with anything (for not showing up),” Lore said.
Thus, if you are interested in having fun and participating in competitive soccer at the same time, then check out John Lore and the soccer team. Trying out for the team is not necessary. Any student, male or female, can join by contacting coach John Lore.

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