Seasoned players ready for 2019 varsity soccer


Izaak Avalos, Sports Media class

A veteran boys varsity soccer team is looking forward to an exciting season under head coach Nate Spriggs and assistant coach Chris Brolley.

This year’s boys team is experienced, as they have a whopping 14 returning seniors, six of which are returning starters.

The boys team will also have a returning all-sectional senior forward Blake Brandenburg. He is coming off of a 26-goal season, almost breaking the school record for goals in a season. 

Returning starter Ryan Felgenhauer is a senior midfielder looking to make an impact in the upcoming season.

“I have been playing with these group of guys for a long time, so I am looking forward to one last season and hopefully making it one to remember,” Felgenhauer said.

Spriggs is coming into his second year as head coach for the boys team.  He had a pretty successful 2018 season, going 15-8-1 and winning regionals. The season came to an end after a devastating 1-0 loss to Normal Community in the sectional semi-final.

“This group is special because they have been successful on every level. We have a great group of young men who thoroughly enjoy being together on and off the field,” Spriggs said.

The new artificial turf at the stadium will not only be in effect for the football team, but also the soccer team. While the football team has two weeks in a row while they play on the road, they will shut down the turf to work on the track, leaving the soccer team to play on their practice fields.

The boys will travel to Morris on Aug. 27 for their first game of the season.


Izaak Avalos is a member of the varsity boys soccer team.