New Boys’ Soccer Players Feel Right at Home on the Pitch
by Maria DiMartinis on Friday, September 30th, 2016
Everyone on campus knows the story of the legendary 2015 boys’ soccer team and their incredible accomplishments. Coming off such a strong season, it’s easy for us to wonder if the new squad will live up to its former glory.
For those of you who don’t know how the Mustangs’ season ended last year, the boys soccer team kept an entirely undefeated season, going 22-0. The team won the ISL and New England Prep School Class A championship — a record breaking season that will go down in ISL sports history. Additionally, the boys won the ISL sportsmanship award — an incredible feat for such a dominant team.
The 2015 team was loaded with fourteen seniors. Almost every starting player was a senior, so the new kids have plenty of opportunities to play a large role. One of the few returners and a captain of the team this season, Jack O’Brien (I) explains, “it’s definitely been a lot different this season because we have a ton of new faces on the team and those guys are playing a lot of minutes.”
However, Jack and the rest of the team are staying positive this season, keeping the same goals as last year. Jack adds that the team has “the talent and team chemistry to achieve them.” More importantly, he explains that “although we want to have the same success as last season we don’t compare ourselves to last year’s team; we only compare ourselves to our potential as a team.” Jack Sheehan (I), another team captain, added “I think the addition of Nathan Strauss will help make the transition from last year to this year much smoother.”
Coach Kane added 4 freshman, 2 sophomores, 3 juniors and 3 seniors to the roster this year, but all of the new players already feel like they are a part of this team. Sam Peacock, a freshman midfielder who has already seen a good amount of playing time, “feels like [he’s] been part of the team for a long time.” Peacock added that there is a “lot of pressure coming off of the team’s success last year,” but nothing will stop the team from trying to achieve another ISL title.
Since the new kids had to be integrated into the Mustang style of play, naturally one would think that they might start out the season with a few losses. Yet the boys continued their unbeaten streak from last year in the first few games, tying Exeter and Tabor and beating Lawrence, a huge ISL Championship contender. A recent loss against a talented Berkshire squad ended the Milton’s unbeaten streak, but the loss did not lower the Mustangs’ spirits. They continue to improve everyday and prepare for their next ISL test against Middlesex. You can catch boy’s soccer in action this Saturday at 3:30 pm.
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