Boys Soccer Starts Season 6-0
by Nia Atkins on Friday, October 16th, 2015
So far many teams have had successful starts to the fall season, but Boys’ Varsity Soccer’s winning record comes first to mind. Currently, the team is undefeated, plowing through oponent after oponent with no signs of letting up. Last season, the team was similarly successful—ending with a record of fourteen wins, zero losses, and four ties. They also came in second place in the ISL and made it to the semifinals of the New England Championship. This season flaunts the same successes and could potentially overshadow the last.
Boys’ Soccer couldn’t have started the season off any better. Among their handful of wins, they have already bested two very tough teams: Lawrence Academy, the defending ISL champions, who Milton beat 5-3 last year; and Berkshire Academy, the defending New England Class A champions. Last season, the team lost to Berkshire in the semifinals of the New England Championship, but this year the team beat Berkshire 3-1. Although it’s still early, the season is clearly looking up for this extremely talented and successful group.
So what is it that makes this team so great? According to key player Jerry Ozor (I), the success of the team isn’t based simply on how talented the players are. Jerry says that although their success is exciting, “at this point in the year [they] haven’t achieved more than [they] did last year.” He continued, stating “last year we had had just as good players and came short of winning the ISL….We certainly know that we are in a very incredible position to do great things, but I think everyone in the locker room knows that we’ve come short these past few years regardless of the amount of talent we have.”
One thing that can be attributed to the team’s success is the atmosphere they’ve created over the past couple of years. “We have groomed a culture for ourselves as a team,” Jerry says. “[W]hen we huddle up we say ‘stangs on three, family on six’ and I believe that goes farther for us than the results we achieve on the field. We treat each other as family…and that has led to awesome chemistry. Being a family enables us to pick each other up and push each other to be our best.” Jerry also mentioned some standout players this year including starting goalie Jeremy Cowham, who Jerry described as playing very well and being a focal point during the season.
There’s no doubt that continued greatness is to come throughout the rest of the season. However, this greatness won’t come without further challenges. Although they’ve already beaten some tough teams, Cam DiGiovanni, one of the 12 seniors on this year’s team, names Nobles, BB&N, and Belmont Hill as some of the more threatening teams to come. Again, Jerry believes that “the middle and end of the season will be the hardest… because there’s a chance that [the team] might become complacent with all of their early success. However, if [they] keep their focus throughout the season [he believes they] should do some pretty incredible things.”
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