BANGOR – Penobscot Valley High School girls soccer coach Ryan Reed has had about as difficult a 2018 as anyone.
Reed has spent the majority of the year battling cancer a fight he has won with some help from the Lady Howlers.
He is still experiencing side effects from surgery earlier this year. The Howlers head coach has had good and bad days on the sideline and the support from his team has been strong.
The team surprised reed with bands reading “NOFA” standing for “no one fights alone.” A coach is usually the one players lean on for mental and physical toughness. Often times this year it’s been the players who have stepped up for reed when he’s needed it most.
“It’s been a big boost for me because there are days where I just don’t feel that well but I just don’t let them see it. It effects me in practices and games so I ask them to take over and they need to be my voice and do it for me,” Reed said.
PVHS enters the final stretch of the regular season undefeated and in fourth place in Class D North. A season that has been brewing in Howland for the last couple of years. Whether the Lady Howlers bring home a gold ball or not, they are going to do so while giving maximum effort.
“I like to like when I’m dead and exhausted I try to push myself because he’s pushed himself for us,” Howlers forward Lexi Ireland said.
“It’s huge really because its like a we over me thing we aren’t just playing for ourselves we’re playing for our team and our coach,” Howlers midfielder Brianna Moon said.