Iddriss Leads Lions to a Historic Season

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Iddriss takes the shot: Senior captain Basit Iddriss gets ready to shoot the ball. Photo Courtesy: Bob Young, October 20, 2021.

Zach Worzel and Luke Cruz

     Basit Iddriss, a senior, is captain of the Foran boys soccer team, and has led his team to a very successful season. Iddriss has been at the head of it all, clinching the 22 seed in the Class M state tournament, as well as earning a spot on the all-SCC first team roster playing left wing. This will be Foran’s second state appearance in the last five years. 

     Many of the people that Basit works with consider him to be an exemplary student and athlete. Jack D’Avignon, a junior who is the starting right back for the Lions soccer team, looks up to Iddriss and is inspired by him on and off the field.

     D’Avignon says, “Basit has a great impact on the field as he is one of our leading goal scorers this year. However, he has an even larger impact off the field and around the teammates as he is always lifting the other guys up due to his positive energy.”

     Mr. Anthony Vitelli, Foran’s athletic director, believes that Iddriss has a solid work ethic, and thinks that he truly is an exceptional athlete.

     He comments, “Basit committed himself to work hard in the off season and has continued to do so during the team’s training sessions. He truly leads by example. He is a person that his teammates look up to.”

     The Lions have a 7-6-3 record going into the state tournament, with a young starting lineup. The team’s starters currently consist of two freshmen, one sophomore, five juniors and three seniors. 

     Rick DiStefano, Foran’s head boys soccer coach, believes that Basit has helped in the transition of getting these young players ready for varsity experience.

     “Basit, as well as our other upperclassmen are a critical part of our goal to make all of our players feel an equal part of the program.  We treat them as members of the team from the start. Basit has shown leadership skills and has made sure that the young players feel as comfortable as possible. This atmosphere, we feel, helps our program have success.”

     The lions will take on the 11-5-0 Bacon Academy Bobcats today at 2:00 in Colchester, CT. This is the first round of the Class M state tournament.