Morgan DeGlopper– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS’ Lady Mustangs soccer coach Guy Virgilio has ended his 18-year coaching career at LRHS.

Monday afternoon, Virgilio broke the news to this year’s girls varsity soccer team that he would not be returning next season.

Virgilio won over 300 games in his years at LRHS. He reached this milestone last season with the Senior Night 8-0 win over Palmetto.

Virgilio has decided to leave to be closer to his family, though he will continue to coach competitive soccer at Braden River Soccer Club.

Players remember Virgilio as a tough but compassionate coach. Sophomore Josie Curtis played for Virgilio for the last two seasons of his LRHS coaching career.

“My favorite memory would be when he surprised the whole team and brought meatballs and other food to practice,” recalled Curtis.

As a reward for their hard work after a big win, Virgilio brought the girls authentic Italian meatballs made by his mother. This is a favorite memory of many LRHS girls’ varsity players.

According to junior Hajar Benjoud, losing Virgilio is a big change.  Benjoud has played for Virgilio for three seasons.

“It’s going to be a big loss and we will all miss him dearly,” stated Benjoud.

Curtis, who plays midfield, has a positive outlook on next season.

“I think we just have to work hard and stick together as a team. Most of all, we’ll have to work with and get used to the new coach,” Curtis added.

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