by Ryan Olive
In past years, the St. Thomas soccer team struggled to play deep into the playoffs. However, this year calls for new times and for change.
The Eagles now have leadership and depth on the chemistry-bound squad. Senior leaders include Collin Prusak, Diego Saavedra, Will Amaya and Junior Carrera.
These players are attempting to turn the tables for the St. Thomas soccer program.
Soccer has battles with well-known rivals.
“Most people expect St. Pius to be our rival,” Saavedra said. “Our real rival is Beaumont Kelly. They come down here every year and barely beat us; it is time for a change.”
Saavedra, a prominent leader for the soccer team, hopes to give Beaumont Kelly a taste of their own medicine.
Though he is a leader in his own right, Saavedra directs the attention to another player. “Collin Prusak is the prominent leader on our team,” Saavedra said. “We have many leaders, but he sticks out to me as the best. Collin is the kind of guy who will work hard under any circumstances, truly a great teammate and friend.”
Kenny Martin, who took over as the head coach last season, will lead the ambitious team into the season.
“Our leaders going into the season will be Alex Adrion, Diego Saavedra and Collin Prusak,” Martin said. “Those are our main guys this season.”
Along with many of the players, Martin is extremely confident in the work ethic and talent of this years squad.
“I fully expect us to win district this year,” Martin said. “It has been a while and this year we have the talent and determination to do so.”
As well as state dreams, Martin shares the common goal with his players to beat their tough rivals.
“Obviously, one of our goals is to beat Jesuit,” said Martin. “We have come up short the past seven years and would like to turn the tables.”
To be successful, Martin will have to place trust in his leaders, as well as many confident players on the team. Senior Andrew Ruddy, seems to be very confident in his team’s ability.
“Our goal is to win the state title hosted in Houston,” Ruddy said. “Bottom line, we want to live that state title life.”
Ruddy and the squad are about that life, and have the determination and fire to achieve their goals.