Men’s varsity soccer team wins Sectional Championship

The Men’s Varsity Soccer Team ended the season as Sectional Champions and District Runner-Ups and a 10-9 record.  Other noteworthy accomplishments of the season included earning a Central GCL title for the sixth year in a row, having five shutouts, and scoring fifty-one goals, the most goals scored in the past eight years.

“The boys came together as a team as the season progressed and were playing as one solid unit before the end of the year,” Coach Tony Ripberger said.  “Also, everyone increased their individual skill level and understanding of how to play the game.”

Senior Patrick Henry, who was named Player of the Year for the GCL Central division, agrees that the team grew throughout the season. “We progressed a lot as a team.  We weren’t expected to do much and surprised a lot of people.”

One of the most memorable games this season for Henry was Senior Night.  The game was at home on Oct. 11 and McNicholas beat Badin 1-0.  The team used the night as an opportunity to showcase their seniors for one of the last games of the season.

Junior Anthony Luster said. “It seems like it was yesterday when we were all at our team rafting trip in Virginia having a good time and creating bonds. Now it feels like the season is over in the blink of an eye. I’m confident that I speak for the whole team when I say we will miss [the seniors].”

Although the team was disappointed about losing the last game in the District finals, they learned from the experience and believe that it will motivate them during next year’s season. “We juniors and sophomores who were on the team will for sure remember that next year when our season starts,” Luster said. “We know what it means to get to the same game and lose back to back and we will not let that happen again.”


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