“It’s very exciting, but we’ve gotta stay humble,” senior Oliver Doyle said about being ranked number one in the state for men’s Varsity soccer.
With a 15-3-2 record, and a 9 game, record breaking, win streak with the longest unbeaten streak in the program’s history.
The team always stays prepared for its next win.“We usually go into Coach Jeffrey Facchin’s room, and we discuss tactics and stuff like that for the game,” senior Henry Utterson said. “We see what the other team is going to do, we see what we need to do to win the game, and we all get ready together,” Doyle said.
Senior Will Kaupp agreed, “I think about the game and what I can do to contribute.”
“We warm up as a team and try to hype each other up,” senior Habi Baker said.
Staying energetic for the game is important. “I listen to music, you know I kind of hype myself up,” Kaupp said.
Listening to music is a way other players stay spirited. “I have a game day playlist that I listen to,” Doyle said.
“The season’s not over so there’s really nothing to celebrate about,” freshman Jake Clifton said about celebrating the team’s wins.
“Not really no,” Kaupp agreed. “It’s kind of business as usual until State.”
Although there still is time for celebration, “on away games we have a celebration on the school bus where we make a lot of noise,” Utterson said.
“Like chants,” senior Jaimeson Peplow added.
“Other than that we keep going,” Utterson said.
Doyle celebrates his personal wins in a different way. “I like to listen to ‘All I Do Is Win.’ It’s a fun song, and then I watch goals if I score,” Doyle said.
SLUH is a rivalry for the soccer team and was an exciting and memorable game, “Cause we always lose to them every year but this year we beat them so it felt really good,” Utterson said.
Kaupp agreed about his favorite memory so far from the season. “It’s kind of a really big rivalry and winning against them, especially my senior year, is just really cool,” Kaupp said.
The game was also one of Doyle’s favorite memories. “We’ve only beaten SLUH four times in the past 20 years, it’s so exciting, and beating them at their place,” Doyle said.
Although it was one of their toughest games, “SLUH because they’re big and physical and skilled,” junior Riley Mihill said.
Kaupp agreed, “They’ve definitely had the most adversaries.”
This will be Izzy Poole’s first year on ECHO staff, but they made several contributions while taking journalism class their sophomore year.