Joey Pham, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, comes to practice everyday and leads by example.
Pham, a defender on the Washington School soccer team, is the first player to arrive at practice and the last one to leave.
“Joey is a quiet leader for our team,” Washington School coach Jeffrey Giachelli said. “He is a character guy. He is not the most vocal player, but his actions show the entire team how you should work at this game.”
Pham’s leadership has been critical this season in helping the Generals maintain their winning ways. Washington School made it all the way to the MAIS state championship game last year; however, most of the core players on that team were seniors and have now graduated. Coach Giachelli is playing six guys this year who have never played in a varsity game.
Despite their youth, the Generals have still managed to have a successful 2020-2021 campaign. Washington School has an 8-4 record as it heads into the state playoffs, which start next week.
“When you can rebuild a team like we have with so many brand new players, it is always a positive thing. We always want to be there at the end, and we have given ourselves a chance.”