Redmond High’s Kojo Dadzie, left, and Matthew Michalski will be senior captains next season. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Redmond High’s Kojo Dadzie, left, and Matthew Michalski will be senior captains next season. Andy Nystrom/ staff photo

Helping young players and themselves on the soccer pitch

Redmond High boys have a passion for the game.

While Redmond High soccer players ran young booters through drills at the Jr. Stangs Summer Camp on a recent Wednesday morning, the older guys were enhancing their skills as well.

They were working together with their teammates and the Mustang coaching staff to help bring the game to life for the boys in grades 3-8.

“This is a great chance for us to give back to the community, spread our soccer knowledge to some younger kids and prepare us for the season,” said senior midfielder and captain Matthew Michalski, whose team finished 11-3-1 overall in 4A contests last season.

Added Kojo Dadzie, a senior winger and captain: “It’s fun to be out here and connect with your teammates again, but also have fun with these kids, who obviously love the game just as much as we do.”

Dadzie noted that the youngsters they were grooming at camp could be part of the Mustangs’ future. Michalski said he’s had a stellar experience with the Mustangs and wants the younger players to not only improve their skills, but to have fun with the game in a safe environment.

“Soccer here, and especially at Redmond, has taught me a lot of dedication. It’s a really competitive program, you have to work hard always to keep your spot and to keep improving and improve the guys around you,” Michalski said.

Displaying confidence and enjoying oneself are two aspects of soccer that Dadzie feels are of utmost importance. If soccer is fun, then players will want to step up their games, he added.

Dadzie has thrived on being a team player and building a Mustang community.

“We play a passing system that’s really effective. It’s really clear that the times that we win games are when we’re together as a team — unified off the field, on the field,” he said.

Much like the United States women’s soccer squad that recently won its second consecutive World Cup championship.

Michalski and Dadzie watched the matches and felt the US squad represented the country well and inspired players and fans while shining on the world’s stage in France.

“I thought their performance was awesome,” said Michalski, who enjoyed watching Carli Lloyd deliver high-quality play at midfield.

For Dadzie, Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle caught his eye by taking on defenders and nutmegging them. Dadzie likes to watch and then utilize that flashy style when he takes the pitch.

Dadzie said it was inspirational to watch the women notch the World Cup title.

“It’s also good to see everyone else in the tournament catching up,” he said. “It used to be kind of the US only dominating, but a lot of the games were a lot closer this year and I think it’s really great for the sport. It was really entertaining to watch this year, for sure.”

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Redmond Relays set for March 21

The third annual Redmond High School Track and Field Booster Club Redmond… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Reporter file photo
No changes to state basketball tournament schedules after coronavirus outbreak

State boys and girls basketball Hardwood Classic tournaments in Tacoma, Yakima and… Continue reading

Most school events, including sports practices, on schedule after coronavirus outbreak

All the school districts in the Reporter’s coverage areas — Northshore, Lake… Continue reading

Pluschke hits the diamond as new Redmond High fastpitch coach

Mustangs return seven starters from last season.