Striving for Greatnesss

Posted 12:56 AM by

null     This week, the Warren Central boys soccer team wrapped up their season with a record of 6-10-1.

     Going into sectionals, the soccer players emphasized improving their offense and perfecting their playing. Their work paid off because their record reflected some improvements from last year’s record of 3-10-3.

     “The program improved with intensity, and we've brought in a new coach, who immensely helped us in improving and becoming a stronger team overall. As a captain, all I wanted to see from each and every player on this team is that they were putting their heart into every second of the game and even practice,” junior, varsity captain, Kenny Gilbert said. “I feel that leaving everything out on the field each and every time you step on is the most you can ask for from a player.”

     The team made it a priority to work on all aspects of their game and doing their bests to stay healthy, meaning no injuries, so everyone was able to play at the best of their abilities. The team’s overall goal was to be able to pull away with a sectional championship.

     “We were starting to gain our mental strength and gather information that could have really helped us succeed in sectionals,” senior goalkeeper Jason Brown said. “Another goal of the team would be to give Coach Mags his 100th win.”

     For the first round of county, the boys soccer team dominated Beech Grove, winning the game 7-0. This met one of the team’s overall goals and officially gave Coach Magdalinos his 100th win with the Warren Central Boys Soccer program.

     “It felt good to get a win in the first round of county because it’s a good confidence boost for the team,” Gilbert said. “At the same time, it was a reminder of what we were capable of.”

     During the second round of county, the team took a hard loss to Franklin Central. While the team dominated in the first half, during the second half the team was unable to pull through.

     “It was a really unfortunate game,” sophomore Gabe Wells said. “But we planned on taking that experience and using it to excel in sectionals.”

     Taking experience from the last match in the first sectional game against Arsenal Tech, the Warrior soccer team beat Tech 2-1. The boys were down 1-0 for the majority of the second half before scoring two goals in the final four minutes.

     “We came out sluggish, but when we finally realized that our season was on the line, we picked it up and scored two crazy goals in the last four minutes,” junior Alan Sanchez said.

     Unfortunately, during the sectional game on Oct. 3, the team fell short, being up 1-0 in the first half but lost 2-1 during the second. Losing the second round of sectionals to Lawrence North, the team looks forward to next year and what it can bring.

     “It was a tough loss, but we know what we need to improve on and what to work on this summer in order to be successful next year,” Wells said.