Four-year soccer starter looks to succeed in last season


Isabelle Weiss

Xzavier Funderbunk rushes for the ball against Cox on March 14.

Braden Ward, Sports Editor

Senior Xzavier Funderburk looks to impress this season with a new head coach and a fresh start.

“This year it feels like a refresh, like a restart button with our new coach,” said Xzavier. “We have more motivation.”

This motivation has further fueled his ambition to continue and play soccer in college. Xzavier still has not decided between playing at Old Dominion University or University of Lynchburg.

“He is probably the fastest striker in the area. When he gets the ball, he can dribble past defenders like they’re just cones,” said junior goalie Brendan Fritz. “He creates plenty of opportunities and scores lots of goals.”  

He also plays soccer outside of Ocean Lakes to get as much playing time and development as he can.

“I do [play] for ODSC. ODSC is Old Dominion Soccer Club; it’s a club that is fairly new compared to Beach FC and Rush,” said Xzavier. “[We are] still competitive and trying to win tournaments and beat teams.”

Despite his commitment to this travel team, he still holds value on the dolphin soccer team.

“Everyone is nice and everyone is kind. Teammates care about you, and coaches care about you. It’s just a good place to be,” said Xzavier. “The team is like a family.”

The Dolphins have started the season with a 0-3 loss against Cox, a 4-1 win against Granby, and a 0-2 loss to Kellam.

“He helps motivate the team before, during, and after the game,” said teammate Derek Martinez.

On and off the field, he has one goal in mind.

“Just trying to be the best person I can be,” said Xzavier.