Having recently transferred to West Ashley High School all the way from New York City, this week’s West Of Athlete of the Week, Richard Williams, has become an integral part of Wildcat’s Boys’ soccer team.
Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, Williams has quickly become a big part of the WAHS community. Ask any of his teachers or coach and they will tell you that he is a great student and is an example for all both in the classroom and on the soccer field. With this being his first season playing for the Wildcats, it’s easy to see what an asset Williams will become as he hones and develops his skills on the soccer pitch. Considering he’s only a sophomore, it seems he’s well on his way to bec  oming a phenomenal player, helping the Wildcats achieve their goals over the next couple years.
Although he hasn’t been at WAHS very long, Williams has definitely been making his mark, quickly becoming one of the best mid-fielders on the team. So far during the 2014-15 season, the team has a record of 6-4 and Williams has contributed seven goals and seven assists, topping out with 21 points (two points per goal, one per assist).
“Richard is new to West Ashley High School and he’s a very polite and team-oriented player. He leads by example and works very hard at practice and especially at games,” says varsity boys’ soccer coach, Stephen Jackson. “Richard is currently the team leader in Assists, with seven to his credit as well as second with goals.”
For Williams, soccer is essentially his whole life as he’s played for pretty much all of it. When he’s not outside playing or practicing on the soccer field, he’s inside playing the FIFA video game. As of now, he doesn’t know which college he plans to go, but he knows exactly what he wants to do when he gets there — play soccer at the collegiate level and beyond. It’s the only thing that he’s ever wanted to do. “I just play soccer because I want to be a professional. That makes me strive to do better,” says Williams.

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