Blake soccer player also works on family farm

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA 9) -- For 15 straight years, the soccer team at Blake High School in Montgomery County had never won more than three games. In 2011, David Edlow took over as head coach and got the players to believe.

This year, the Bengals finished with 15 wins, their first regional title ever and made it all the way to the state championship final.

"They set records and put some banners on the wall that weren't here before they got here," said Edlow. "I think they're all proud of the effort they gave."

Edlow had 16 seniors on the roster, but credits the leadership of senior Duncan Lyons as one reason for their success.

"Duncan is our leader, our captain. He's just a rare player that comes across once in your career," said Edlow.

At school, Duncan's day is filled with soccer, friends and school work. But Duncan's responsibilities don't end after soccer practice. Duncan and his family live on a working farm and every day before and after school, Duncan takes care of the numerous goats, horses, pigs and chickens living in his backyard.

"It's just part of my daily schedule, so I'm kind of used to it by now," said Duncan.

Aside from his work at home, Duncan's been involved in the county's 4-H Club since he was a kid -- winning numerous awards showing dairy goats. This year, he was crowned King of the Montgomery County Fair.

"My parents have just encouraged us to do what we love and to keep up with it and do as many things as possible," said Duncan.

Duncan realizes his hobbies may not be the most popular or mainstream, but that's just fine with him.

"It's made me very comfortable being around all different types of people," said Duncan. "It's fun to be different."


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