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One Goal in Common

Jake Tinkham, Crown Staff

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If you follow Marian fall sports, hopefully you have heard about the great play occurring on the varsity boys soccer team. There is a lot of talk and press coverage about football and girls volleyball, but Marians boy’s varsity soccer wants to be talked about as well. The varsity soccer team is good, really good. Their record is 7-2, which is excellent because they have played good competition.  They are 3-1 in conference play with wins against Marian Catholic, St. Pats, and Notre Dame . They were dominant at the Wauconda Soccer classic tournament winning three straight games and the tournament. The team has accomplished this fast start even with multiple injuries and having to shift players to different positions. The team has been outstanding this year, better than any team in the recent past. They also have the toughest schedule of any other team in the recent past.

Marian is in its’ second year in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, one of the toughest conferences in the state.  The team has kicked their way to two conference victories, however, they are just getting started.  “There’s a lot more to come”, states Senior Midfielder Fernando Tapia. He says that Carmel will be their toughest challenge. “Carmel is an overall amazing team”, says Fernando, “We are waiting for the test they will bring”. The varsity team plays Carmel on October 7. “Playing in this conference is making us a better team. We need to play better if we want a shot at state,” mentioned Tapia. Playing tough games in the regular season will improve their skill which will ultimately help them in the playoffs. Although they are 3-0 in the conference, they have a lot of games left to play. Every team’s goal is to win the conference, but when talking to Tapia and his teammates they are all focused on a bigger goal, a State Championship.

Getting to state isn’t an easy path, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The dedication didn’t start the first day of school, it started during the off season with weight training, summer camps, summer league games, and club teams. The team took this off season work into the beginning of the season playing in mid-season form.  In the Wauconda Tournament, they easily defeated Richmond Burton 8-0 but had a little more challenge with Zion Benton, came out with a 2-1 win.  The Championship game was tied after extra time and went to penalty kicks. Senior goalie Jake Higgins stopped 2 out of the 3 kicks, giving Fernando Tapia a chance to win the game. Fernando accepted the challenge the coach gave him knowing that the goalie for the opposition, Crystal Lake Central, was Fernando’s cousin. Fernando describes, “I was nervous at first, but I wanted to put the team on my shoulders cause I knew I could put it in. I thought it would be fun especially since the goalie was my cousin”.  When walking up to the ball he recalls “I saw him leaning to the left, so I went right down the middle and just watched it go in. It was the best feeling ever knowing that I had won the game for us and beating my cousin especially.”

The ‘Canes are down a few key players and are starting tough conference play.  Their offseason dedication and flexibility in players’ positions have proven successful so far this year.  Look for the Hurricanes to come out with tough wins in conference and build on that momentum into the playoffs.  The ‘Canes home games are across the street from the school near the baseball field and tennis courts, come out and cheer them on!

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