Varsity soccer eyes state championship, looks to playoffs as season comes to a close

Andrew Acker '22, Staff Writer

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The varsity soccer team now has a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 4 ties after beating Romeo 1-0 Sept. 26 and is well on their way to the playoffs.

Captain Connor Stencel ’20, number eleven, runs to the ball during the Blue Devil’s win against Romeo on Sept. 26.

Pedro Mozzaquatro ’22 plays on defense during the Sept. 26 game. The team allowed Romeo no goals and scored one. Photos by Andrew Acker ’22.

Soccer player Rene Robert ’21 was able to score the game-winning goal against Romeo, now South is wrapping up its season with only 3 games left.

“We fought to the bitter end,” soccer player Bennett Smihal ’21 said. “It was really close but we were able to close out the game and score a game-winning goal.”

Now that the Romeo game is finished, and the season is coming to a close, the soccer team is now setting goals for the end of the season,  according to the head coach Francesco Cilano. His overall goal for the soccer team is to reach and win the state championship. 

“We are ready to go far and we take it day-by-day, but I really think this team is special and can accomplish anything,” Cilano said.

Soccer player Douglas Tengler ‘21 also thinks that his team has the ability to go to the championship.

“The team has really become close, we eat dinner together every Sunday which means we spend a lot of team together I think that’s why we are playing so well,” Tengler said.

According to Smihal, the soccer team has a special chemistry that he hasn’t felt on any soccer team in the past.

“This team feels really connected like a big family. I think that’s why the team and I were able to win this game in the closing minutes because our team bond is really strong,” said Smihal.

The soccer team also played three games in four days and according to Cilano, the team has fought through adversity and shown true character.

“This group together working is amazing to win three games in four days which is an absolutely stunning number,” said Cilano.

According to Cilano, the soccer team will be helped by the support of the football team towards the end of their season.

“It is very helpful that the varsity team comes out and supports our team,” Cilano said. “ I hope this creates a new cycle of varsity teams supporting each other.”

Ciliano believes that although this team has been very successful, he cares more about how his team grows off the field rather than on.

 “I am so proud of this team and the way they have fought through adversity, on and off the field these kids are just amazing,” Cilano said.

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