Joey Faddoul was the top offensive threat on a Bishop Ireton boys’ soccer team that finished 14-6-2 during the fall, reaching the WCAC tournament semifinals and the VISAA state quarterfinals.
Faddoul, a junior, led the Washington, D.C. area with 28 goals, according to stats from the Washington Post’s allmetsports.com. He was also a facilitator for the Cardinals, totaling 16 assists. Faddoul’s performance earned him first-team all-WCAC and second-team all-state honors.
Faddoul recently participated in a Q&A via email, sharing some insight about his Thanksgiving plans.
*Q: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Faddoul: Well, usually on Thanksgiving I go to my cousin’s house and we have a great time together. Family is important to me.
*Q: Do you or your family have any annual Thanksgiving traditions?
Faddoul: Nothing overly special. My family goes to my cousin’s house where my whole family gathers around and enjoys each other's company.
*Q: Does your family incorporate sports into Thanksgiving? If so, how?
Faddoul: We watch football, but of course a soccer ball is always around, though!
*Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?
Faddoul: I'm not picky at all, but I’d have to say it's between the turkey and macaroni and cheese.
*Q: The Bishop Ireton boys’ soccer team reached the WCAC semifinals and the state quarterfinals. What are your thoughts on how the season went, overall?
Faddoul: I have mixed emotions on the season. I'm extremely happy because we proved so many people wrong and grew as a team and a family and we had a very successful season, but that was not our goal. Our goal was to win a state and conference championship, but we learn and grow from this season.
*Q: What is your favorite memory from your first three years of playing soccer at Bishop Ireton?
Faddoul: To be honest, every moment is unique. Just being with the team and laughing when we're off the field but it's all business on the field. Every moment is great and I wouldn't take it back if I had the chance.
*Q: What are your future soccer plans?
Faddoul: My goals are to definitely go to college and eventually go pro because I love the game and would love to make it my job.
*Q: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?
Faddoul: My favorite artist would have to be either Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole because they make music about real-life issues and situations, not only material things.
*Q: What is your favorite movie? Why?
Faddoul: My favorite movie is “The Lion King” because it shows how someone can be strong and courageous even in bad times and bad situations, and it shows loyalty.
*Q: What location is the farthest you have traveled from the Washington, D.C. area?
Faddoul: I've travelled to France and Germany for soccer and it was a fantastic experience.
*Q: Who are your favorite pro sports teams?
Faddoul: My favorite sports teams would be the Redskins for football and Manchester United for soccer.
*Q: Who are your favorite pro athletes?
Faddoul: My favorite professional athletes would be Kobe Bryant, and Ronaldinho because of their competitive drive and attitude they have toward the sport they play and the fun they have doing it.