Amir Najib knew his time had come.
Having been a varsity player in the Marriotts Ridge program since his freshman year, Najib had learned from the best. He had watched how midfielders Patrick Sullivan and Brad Martinelli, among others, had assumed leadership roles as seniors and guided their respective Mustang teams to success on the county and state levels.
So, as one of just a handful of returning starters this fall on a Mustangs' team that had won its fourth consecutive state championship the previous season, Najib relished the opportunity to try and continue the legacy.
"Every year there is an expectation that someone is going to step up into that leadership...