Soccer squad looks forward to another season

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By Bryan Stieneker
Eagle Editorial Board

With tryouts come and gone, the soccer team looks to build on last year’s season with a strong

showing this year. The team has lost a lot of talent from last year, including First-team All State

players Alex Adrion and Jordan Jenkins, but the goal for the season hasn’t changed: win state.

“Our goal always is to win state,” coach Kenny Martin said. “This may be considered a rebuilding year

this year, but the goal is still to win state.”

In years like this, it falls to the seniors to carry the team.

Senior Mason Wilson will lead an otherwise inexperienced defensive back line, but he feels up to the

challenge.

“It will be difficult playing with less experienced guys, but I think I’m ready,” Wilson said. “Being a

leader like this will be something new to me, but I can handle it.”

Along with sophomore Matthew Lille, senior Liam Maharaj will hold down the midfield. The duo will

also serve as the team captains.

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on me and the other guys to replace the guys from last year,”

Maharaj said. “But I’m not worried. Once the season comes along, I’m confident I will be ready to

lead.”

Though it will be difficult, that much is for certain, the team is still confident in their ability.

“It’s a rebuilding year, and we have a lot of guys that haven’t played at the varsity level,” Wilson said.

“But, that doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish anything. We have much better team chemistry at this

point than we have in previous years.”

“Between ourselves, Beaumont Kelly and AWTY, it will be a three-way battle for the top spot in

district,” Martin said. “Where we end up is where we end up, but we match up very well with

everybody.”

“It will be tough, but this team can be just as good, if not better than it was last year,” Maharaj said.

“There’s no reason why we can’t be successful.”

The preseason has already gotten under way with the Red/White scrimmage, as well as scrimmages

with St. Thomas Episcopal, Northland Christian and Second Baptist.

The season officially begins with a home matchup against John Cooper November 11, and district play

opens with a showdown with Concordia Lutheran at home December 2.

 

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