The 2015-2016 soccer program exemplified new levels of skillful and strategic abilities that had been missing in previous seasons, and provided a strong baseline for the current team’s goals.
The varsity group mostly consisted of seniors and juniors, but multiple underclassmen took on important roles as well.
The team was led by Nik Snow ’16, seniors Matthew Leal, Jesus Toscano, and Chris Burke ’16. They had a slow start in district play, but quickly got back on track and finished second, securing a home playoff game. Unfortunately, they lost in the first playoff round with a frustrating home game against Dallas Bishop Dunne.
This season seems to be destined for success, with many new and returning players already showing their auspicious talent in preseason training sessions. Among these newcomers is senior Rory Hogan, who was previously unable to play due to his commitment to the Houston Dynamo academy.
“Hogan adds a new dimension to our playing style.”
Nico Proano, midfielder
The new team will benefit from the return of seniors Scott Pickering and Grant Caillouet; both of whom were unable to play last year. Fellow seniors Jesus Toscano, Matthew Leal, and Steve Turtur will lead the attacking portion with more experience than ever before, providing invaluable insight and knowledge to younger players.
Daniel Guthrie, Michael Jakab, Diego Garcia, and Zachary Blice will lead the defensive group, with Junior Jacob Manley playing his third year as a varsity goalkeeper. Sophomore Joseph Chavez and Junior Nico Proano will provide an instant impact as midfielders, creating goal-scoring opportunities.
New faces on the roster add a flexibility to the amount of formations that can effectively be used.
“We currently have the best depth of any team we’ve seen in recent years.”
Luis Sanchez, goalkeeper
The team practices this year will give a more head-on approach to training, with frequent scrimmages to simulate a game’s environment and create more opportunities for newer players to gain experience.
Coach Martin has repeatedly stated that the team’s goal is to reach at least the state semifinals, and possibly even win the championship. This year’s skillful team will also provide an excellent chance to win in one of the toughest districts in the state, even with the addition of a prominent soccer powerhouse: the Village School. However, one statement can be made for sure. This year’s soccer program will undoubtedly raise the bar for future teams.