Teammates often serve as extended family in times of grief, giving a sense of normalcy to those in pain.
Recently, the Notre Dame-West Haven boys soccer team had tragedy strike unexpectedly.
Senior Chase Socquet lost his father, Scott Socquet, who was killed in a helicopter accident in Nevada Oct. 23.
The next day, Socquet showed up at practice, to the surprise of coach Chris Ciuca.
After practice the backup goal keeper asked his coach something he had not all season.
He asked if he could play a few minutes of the next game.
Ciuca, of course, agreed.
Socquet played the entire first half, making 10 saves and only giving up one goal as the Green Knights tied Sheehan 1-1.
Monday was senior night for the team and Ciuca again gave Socquet the start in goal.
Socquet played the entire game, picking up a shutout in a 4-0 victory.
The win also gave Notre Dame (7-6-3) a winning record for the season.
“He did well against Sheehan but he played his best game, ever, against Career,” Ciuca said. “It’s unbelievable that a kid can go through that then come out on the field and take his mind away and just play the game.”
He was removed from the game with five minutes to play, leaving the field to a standing ovation from the crowd and through a sea of hugs from his teammates.
“There was a lot of emotion with the seniors. The are all really good friends with him and this was tragic for that brotherhood and the entire Notre Dame community,” Ciuca said. “When he came out of the game on senior night everyone went to him on the team. The crowd was chanting his name and giving him a standing ovation.”
Socquet’s family released a statement thanking the community for its support.
“We appreciate the outpouring of support, kindness and love from the Notre Dame community. The senior night was a beautiful night with overwhelming support that meant so much to all of us during this difficult time as we try to come to terms with this devastating loss. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers that made that night so special. The family appreciates the privacy to mourn during this difficult time.” -The Socquet and Jameson families
Four high school soccer players from Connecticut have been chosen to play in the 2019 High School All-American game.
All play for state prep schools.
Sammed Bawa of Taft School, Hassane Diakho of South Kent School and Jamis Fite and Akeim Clarke of Loomis Chaffe were selected for the East Boys roster.
Bawa, a midfielder/forward is originally from Ghana, is committed to play at North Carolina.
Diakho, a midfielder from Senegal, is committed to Lehigh.
Fite is a goal keeper, committed to play at Michigan
Clarke is a forward and has committed to play at North Carolina.
The game will be played Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fl.
The All-American game has been played since 2011, featuring the best players from around the country representing either the East or West.