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Postville boys soccer teams inspires town

POSTVILLE (KWWL) -- A year after the immigration raid in Postville - the effects have spread through the town. But the Postville High School soccer team is setting an example for the entire town; moving forward and making progress.

We've seen and heard the impact this raid had on students in the Postville School District, but this year for the Postville Pirate Boys soccer team, every kick is keeping them connected.

When first year head coach, Jacob Rasbeck, accepted the job as head boys soccer coach at Postville High School, he knew what he was in for.

"It's been a challenge. The guys have been up to it. They've been excited. It's been a challenge for all of us but i think they've handled it very well," said Rasbeck.

With a roster of 18 guys - playing their first year at the varsity level - this season would make history. Just a year ago an immigration raid at Agriprocessors tore apart their town - leaving many students worried and afraid. For many - it's the game of soccer that's kept their hopes and dreams alive.

"The guys love to play. I don't even have to force the guys to play soccer. They enjoy everyday to come out there," said Rasbeck.

So much so - they are out on the field an hour and a half before their first and only home game.

"We bring a different intensity to each game," added Rasbeck.

With more than five hispanic players - the team is bilingual. But there is no language barrier when it comes to these kicks.

"It doesn't matter where you go in the world. Soccer is played, it's definitely a universal language, I think," said Rasbeck.

And as the Pirates host Decorah - a top ranked team - the goal is about more than winning a game. Instead it's making a statement - each and every kick, spreading hope - a year after so many losses.

Postville lost it's only home game to Decorah - but the team plans to continue playing at the varsity level.

School officials say the students on the team have good academic records and a positive attitude. Certainly setting an example for people in town.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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