At Wheeler, there are artists everywhere and the soccer field is not without exception. Braeden Cannon ‘19, who recently committed verbally to play soccer at the University of Rhode Island, has turned the soccer pitch into his very own canvas. The two-time captain continues to dazzle the Rhode Island soccer community with his creativity, footwork, and overall offensive production.
“Braeden is a playmaker who has the ability to take over games,” Wheeler Boys Soccer Coach Oscar Zorrilla says. “But what is impressive is that he does it while also looking for the best play available.”
After a 0-1-1 start, Cannon guided the Warriors to a record of 6-0-2 over the ensuing 8 matches, which has pushed the Warriors to a 3rd place standing in Division II of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. During that stretch, the senior forward has compiled 12 goals and 2 assists, including 2 hat-trick performances against Cranston East and Hope.
“The biggest difference for me this year was my approach to the off-season,” Cannon confides. “Whether I was at ENPL [Elite National Premier League] Nationals, training with Coach Z in the summer, or working with my teammates in the winter, the goal was to just work really hard and get better.”
Cannon’s performance so far this season certainly reaffirms his work ethic. He is currently among the state’s leaders in goals scored (2nd) and overall points (3rd). In addition to his success on the field, Cannon is an active member within the Wheeler community and beyond. The senior is a Math Mentor and a member of the varsity golf team, and he spends time volunteering and coaching kids for the New England Futbol Club (NEFC).
“Braeden leads by example, but he has also become more of a vocal leader this season,” notes Zorrilla. “He always communicates with the younger players and helps them understand when and how to do things. He is a great role model to his younger teammates.”
With 8 games left before playoffs, time is running out to catch Braeden Cannon’s “all-star artistry” while he is still in a Wheeler uniform. Thankfully for Wheeler and the Rhode Island soccer community though, he’ll be bringing his inventiveness and skill set on the pitch to the nearby Kingston Campus next fall. It is there where his next canvas patiently awaits.