Thursday, January 10, 2008

Soos to Lake Braddock

Lake Braddock Calls On A. Soos
By B.J. Koubaroulis
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, January 11, 2008; E08

Adam Soos has been hired as the girls' soccer coach at Lake Braddock.

Soos, 29, led the Freedom-Woodbridge boys' soccer program to a 5-25-4 record during its first three seasons in existence.

In replacing Liz Pike, he takes over the two-time defending Virginia AAA state champions.

Pike led the Bruins to a 17-3-2 mark last season before leaving to take over the women's soccer program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

In eight seasons, Pike -- the 2001 All-Met Coach of the Year -- led Lake Braddock to four district, two region and three state titles, earned five berths in the state tournament, sent 32 players to Division I programs and coached nine All-Mets.

"Certainly the challenge is there," said Soos, a high school government teacher in Prince William County. "It's not a secret around Northern Virginia that Lake Braddock graduated a great group of players that enjoyed a great deal of success, but, while there are certainly going to be some growing pains, we want to be as competitive as we can possibly be right away."

Soos, whose brother Joe coaches the Bruins' boys' team, was the co-head coach for the Woodbridge girls' soccer team in 2003.

He played soccer at Lafayette College and played on Woodbridge's state championship soccer team in 1996.

Soos was one of 10 applicants in a hiring process that took nearly three months, according to Lake Braddock Director of Student Activities Mark Martino.

"It seemed like such a perfect fit," Martino said, "because of his demeanor and the way he treats kids."

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