This fall season’s Athlete of the Issue goes to one of the captains of the Varsity Soccer team, Alessandro Zenati. Al first showed his impressive potential in the sport as a ninth grader, making the varsity team over other upper school students. Since his time as a freshman, he has become a stronger and more important member of the team, developing as a player with every practice. When I asked Al what he thought about the team this year, he simply responded, “not one of the four years I have been on the team [has] been as special as the run we have had so far this year. I couldn’t be more proud of our team thus far as we take on our ultimate goal of a New England championship.” His consistent display of hard work and enthusiasm not only help his team win games, but also inspire his teammates to meet the same level of intensity he shows every game. “I hope that putting the most effort I can forth will help encourage others to do the same, especially when games get tough. I have seen it so far in many games this year. We are an extremely resilient team, and we continue to build character with every match,” says Al. Though he has just two goals on the season, he does have eight assists, which clearly exemplify the kind of playmaking talent Al brings to the table. “He can shift the momentum towards our team at any moment,” commented teammate and back-up goalie, Parker Hall. “He is strong on the ball and really gets the bench mob fired up.” Al has proven his athleticism, character, and leadership abilities in every game of the season so far, and continues to motivate the team towards a championship run.