Boys’ soccer breakout season


Nate Kotlyn preparing to sub in.

It is halfway through the season, and the Boys’ Varsity soccer team has one thing in their sites: States.

The boys played their toughest match-up of the season against Palm Harbor University at their season home opener. The game ended in a 3-2 loss for the Bulls, their first and only loss so far this season.

The next day, the Bulls took on the Mitchell Mustangs, which resulted in a tie. Since this draw, the Bulls have given up just two goals and have won 6 straight games. Their record is 1-1 in district and 7-1-1 on the season.

Jacob Hill attempting to block an attempt at goal.

Senior goalie Jacob Hill has allowed just four goals this season, accompanied by three shut-outs. This year marks Hill’s first year of playing high school soccer.

Hill is still developing himself as a goalie, and hopes to continuing improving.

“I’m adapting by doing a lot of goalie training with the coaches; I’m learning new positioning and reading ball movement in the air,” Hill explained.

The team has been collectively playing well, with multiple players receiving the Player of the Game award. Seniors Royce Luedde and Ian Flores have been MVPs in multiple games.

Ian Flores describes the team’s best game of the season.

Senior midfielder, Royce Luedde crossing the ball.

“The game versus Plant was one of our best games; the way we moved the ball was outstanding and I picked up two assists,” midfielder Ian Flores remarked.

Head coach David Wilson has nothing but positive remarks about how the season is unraveling.

“So far I am very pleased with our performance. The boys are playing at a much higher level than we have at this time during the season in the past,” Coach Wilson stated.
Wilson is hopeful his team will continue to impress.
“The boys have a great shot at making a run for the state title. We have a lot of talent, and if we can remain healthy and continue to progress then this season can be a lot of fun,” Wilson explained.