Up and down year for varsity boys soccer


Izaak Avalos, Sports Media class

The boys varsity team season was a roller coaster full of emotions after a 14-10-1 season and an early exit in regional finals.

The boys began the season hot, starting 4-1-1 and picking up a commanding win over the team that had knocked them out of the sectional semi finals last year, as they beat Normal Community 1-0 at home.

“That was a big game for us to compare us to the team that we lost to last year. I would say that was our most enjoyable win this year,” senior Ryan Felgenhauer said.

The team was then struck with several injuries, and they wouldn’t have all of their full starting lineup back until the very last game of the season against Bolingbrook. 

“Even at some of the lowest points of the season, our attitude was always great,” senior Austin Sarcletti said.

Even after all the injuries the boys battled through adversity and proved that they are a team to look out for later in the season when they picked up an 8-2 win versus Plainfield Central on Oct. 3.

Although the team ended up going 4-6 in conference and finished 6th overall, they still managed to have one all-conference player, Zac Monnett and two all-sectional players, Blake Brandenburg and Ben Joder.

When the first game of regionals came around, the boys made a huge statement as they blew out Pekin 7-0 in the first round.

The season came to an end in the regional finals as they took a disappointing 2-1 loss to Moline in a match they had dominated all game.

“Next year we can’t make the same mistakes over and over again, we need to learn and get better from our mistakes,” head coach Nate Spriggs said.

Next year’s team looks to make a run into the playoffs and come out victors of the SPC conference as they return some key players such as Manny Campuzano, Monnett, and Joder.

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