It took a number of factors to fall into place for the Army and Navy Academy Soccer team to experience a turn around season. In the Fall of 2013, national-caliber coach Steve Cowell was hired to lead the Warrior Soccer program.
Coach Cowell won a Scholastic National Soccer Championship while at famed athletic power DeMatha Catholic in Maryland. It did not take long for Coach Cowell to change the culture within the program, and the team was receptive and responded to him immediately.
The team was eager to receive coaching from an elite level coach after several frustrating years. Because of the reconstruction of Maffucci Field, the program was homeless during the 2012-2013 season and the team was forced to play all games away, utilizing small plots of grass on campus and at local parks.
The beautiful new field was certainly a factor in the energy within the program, and the team quickly matched the crispness of the new Maffucci Field. Twenty players were dressed in the same practice uniforms, practicing with the precision of a team on a mission to earn a berth in the CIF Playoffs for the first time in six seasons.
A top notch coach, coupled with enthusiastic players and a beautiful new facility, were fertile ground for a special season. The 2013-2014 Warriors played a beautiful brand of soccer sharing the ball with one touch passing combined with a stingy defense.
The team finished the season with an overall record of 13-6-1, losing a heart breaker in the quarterfinals of the CIF Playoffs 0-1 to Mt. Miguel High School, a large public school. It was rewarding for the entire school community to witness was the transformation of the self-esteem within the program. The 2013-2014 soccer team paved the way for future successes.