The Randolph boys’ soccer team play their final regular season home game this Friday. The final regular season game is always special because we recognize our seniors. Senior night is our time to thank these young men for their dedication and commitment to the soccer program. This year we have five seniors; Barrett Butler, Kevin Pirouzbakht, Bipul Mainali, Brooks Johnson, and Ali Haghshenas.
Barrett Butler is a five year varsity player. He was a member of the 2015 State Championship team and has played in 5 final fours and 4 championship games. Barrett has had more than 5,000 minutes of playing time in his career. He has played almost every position on the field scoring 15 goals and 12 assists and even played goalie during his senior season. Barrett says, “Randolph Soccer has really shaped me into who I am. I’ve had great teammates and coaches who you can always depend on to be there. Hopefully I can wrap up my career at Randolph with another ring.” Barrett is a captain of the team this year and we wish him well at TCU next year.
Kevin Pirouzbakht is another five year varsity player. He was a member of the 2015 State Championship team and has played in 4 final fours and 4 championship games. Kevin has been a staple of the Raider defense for much of his career playing more than 4,000 minutes. Kevin worked hard his entire career and has earned the right to wear the captain band this year. Kevin had this to say, “Although soccer is “just a sport,” Randolph Soccer has shaped me into the person I am today, and I wouldn’t trade the memories that I have acquired over the previous 4 years for anything. And hopefully, my final memory of Randolph Soccer will be lifting the State Championship Trophy with my teammates and coaches.”
Bipul Mainali has played two years with the Randolph soccer program. He was a member of the 2015 State Championship team. He has scored several goals while playing multiple positions. Bipul has been a significant contributor to the success of the team this year. Bipul said, “Randolph Soccer has allowed me to actively create new friendships and build bonds with my teammates and coaches. We work hard and we play harder. #trusttheprocess” Best wishes to Bipul at Emory next year!
Brooks Johnson is a two year player for the Randolph soccer program. He played significant minutes as a Freshman and played in the final four. He has returned his senior season to try and help the Raiders win another state championship. Brooks was initially a defender but has transitioned to play forward for the Raiders this year. He has battled with injuries this season but has shown great leadership to the younger players. Brooks always puts the team first. Brooks thoughts on the experience, “It has been a privilege to be a part of Randolph Soccer. I have learned so much from my coach and team members. We have a great group of guys and so much potential and I can’t wait to see what we do with it.” Good Luck to Brooks next year at Auburn!
Ali Haghshenas is another two year player. He played his sophomore year and was part of the 2015 State Championship team. Ali has also returned his senior season to try and help the team win another state championship. Ali is a hard worker and always does what he is asked. He leads by example and has shown our younger players how to work at the varsity level. Ali says, “Randolph soccer has allowed me to not only improve as a soccer player, but as an individual as well. I’ve learned to not give up in unfavorable times, but use the adversity to my advantage and develop my character. I hope to see this team come out victorious.” We wish Ali the best at Oxford next year!
These boys have led this year’s team to an incredible record. They are currently 17-2-3. They are undefeated in their area. They have scored 98 goals on the season and are looking to be the highest scoring Randolph team and win the most games under Coach Tomlinson. Their only losses on the season are to last year’s Alabama 6A state champion, Cullman, and the state runner-up from the state of Arkansas, Valley View.
This is an incredibly tight team that plays for each other. They are currently ranked number one in the state in the 4A-5A classification. They are looking to go on a run for a state championship. Come out and support these seniors and this team and they try and make history.
Join us in celebrating our Seniors this Friday, April 21 between the Girls and Boys Soccer Match. #RaiseTheR