WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston High School is kicking off its school year with a brand new soccer team.
Several staff members at WHS have been pushing for a soccer team for years. With the help of a new athletic director, the school board approved adding the sport to the high school's sports program.
The team is starting out with a junior varsity team, open to grades seven through 12. If they are successful with their first season, WHS would like to expand to a varsity soccer team.
The team's coach, Ryan Stebbins, has played soccer his whole life, has coached and he's been a referee as well. He thinks that because Williston is a growing community and there has been an influx of new students, there was a need for a soccer team at the high school level.
"I think that gives kids a goal to work towards, you know, it's nice to think that if I'm working hard at soccer at an early age there's somewhere to go with it when I'm older. I can wear my school colors and play for my school with pride. So I think it is a big deal for the community and for the kids," said Stebbins.
The soccer team won its first match Tuesday against Legacy junior varsity, 4 to 2.