DOVER. Del – Caesar Rodney soccer brothers Christopher and Thomas McPoyle are wrapping up their first and only season starting together on varsity.
Christopher, a senior center forward, is a four-year starter for the Riders. Little brother Thomas, a sophomore left wing, is starting his first year on varsity.
As captain and leading scorer, expect to see Christopher’s name once or twice on each box score. Both brothers started playing the game at the age of five.
“I remember when we had to learn to kick for hours at age eight,” Christopher said. “To remember that and get here today where it just comes so naturally and to see your name on a box score at every game, it pays off.”
Christopher leads with his left foot which makes him more of a threat to defenders. As the most dominate player on the field, his goal is to simply get better.
“They just do the right thing. They work hard and have a real passion for the game,” Head Coach Darrell Gravatt said. “They have a passion at every session at practice. They want to be the hardest worker in the training sessions.”
Caesar Rodney is currently 10-4. After loosing their first game of the season to Dover, the Riders added a six-game winning streak.
When Christopher graduates, he wants Thomas to step in as a Junior leading scorer. Thomas admits that the transition from junior varsity to varsity wasn’t easy but he is happy he can look to his older brother.
“He’s my role model. I definitely want to be the leader of the team like he is,” Thomas said. “I want to be the leading scorer as well. I want to see my name on those boxes as much as he does.”
Their passion for the game of soccer is evident. Both brothers have dreams of playing soccer on the collegiate level.
“It doesn’t matter if it is a division one, division two or division three school,” Christopher said. “I’ll be happy just playing the sport.”
Christopher plans to major in Special Education to become a teacher. Christopher volunteers in programs for children with disabilities to bring joy into their lives and be a good example.
Their last regular season game is Tuesday, Nov. 3 at St. Andrew’s School at 3:30 p.m.