Wright plays for keeps

Published 3:54 pm Saturday, June 3, 2017

David Wright was voted Duke Automotive- Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after his performance to help the Nansemond River Warriors clinch a PenSouth Conference title.

David Wright was voted Suffolk News-Herald/Duke Automotive Player of The Week after a standout performance that helped the Warriors win the PenSouth Conference title.
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Wright is a junior and the goalkeeper for the Nansemond River High School boys’ soccer team. He is part of a historic season for Nansemond River. The boys’ team has made its way to the 5A state tournament, and Wright has been a big part of the success.

His performance in the PenSouth Conference game was one of Wright’s memorable performances. The Warriors battled with Kecoughtan High School in four overtime periods. Every possession was critical for the Warriors, and even a small mistake could have cost them an upset win.

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The game came down to penalty kicks, and Wright had two crucial saves to help his team win.

“Well, I feel honored given the opportunity to play in such a game,” Wright said. “Not many people get the chance, especially in a difficult conference like ours. Our defense played outstanding, and I felt it was time to step up for my seniors.”

Wright stayed focused, especially in the overtime periods. He wanted to be there for his teammates, and that drove him to be successful.

This year has been a good one for Wright, who had big goals he wanted to accomplish. He wanted to win a conference championship, and the Warriors have achieved that. The junior also wanted the most shutouts in his conference and to make it to the state tournament. He has 10 shutouts for the season, and his team will battle for the state championship next week.

Wright’s motivation on the field stems from the guys who are in front of him. He sees the sacrifice each of his teammates makes for each other, and it motivates him to do the same for them.

“When you see our team putting their bodies on the line and locking down some of the region’s best players, it’s motivating,” he said. “The fans also motivate me. They have been great all year, and seeing them travel with us really helps.”

Being part of a team that made history is great for anyone involved. This year the Warriors have accumulated the most wins in school history. Along with total wins, reaching the 5A state tournament is something that has never been accomplished by the boys’ soccer team.

Wright is happy about being a part of a team that accomplished so much.

“This just represents all of the hard work we put in this year,” he said. “Our players and coaches dedicate a lot of time to soccer, and it’s wonderful to see the results pay off. Everything has been a full team effort, and I’m grateful.”

The Nansemond River junior also gives credit to his mom and dad for driving him to be the best he can be. They are at every game supporting him.

A big reason Wright got serious about soccer was by watching USA National Men’s team goalkeeper Tim Howard. His favorite club team to watch is Chelsea, and in his spare time he can be found fishing or at the beach.