Beads of sweat are forming on the face of Kameron Bethell as he shouts words of encouragement to his teammates during a drill at soccer practice on a steamy Wednesday morning in August. He takes a water break every so often over the course of a two-hour practice, but the University of West Florida soccer star is far more focused on improving his skills than quenching his thirst.
There is an added sense of urgency in his voice, a little extra motivation flowing through his veins, and that’s understandable. This fast-approaching season, after all, is the last for Bethell. The former Navarre Raider is a senior and he has every intention of going out with a bang.
Especially considering how last year went down. Injuries took their toll on the Argonauts and forced a program rich in tradition and success to settle for a seven-win season.
Bethell can’t wait to get started on turning things around.
“Being a senior feels special. I wouldn’t say sad, but it’s exciting,” Bethell said. “I feel like this is the strongest team we’ve had in a while.
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