Boys soccer goes far in state

Staff reporter Kole Andersson provides a look at the varsity boys soccer team’s 2021 season

Kole Andersson, Staff Reporter

This season, the varsity boys soccer team has been on a winning streak, winning both conference and their division. The team has qualified for state and is headed by senior Ben Berry, senior Marko Marynevich, the team’s captains. With the team doing so well after a rough start to the season with their first game against Vernon Hills. The Rams started off the season with a 1-0 loss against Vernon Hills after a grueling tournament with teams such as Libertyville, Loyola, and (name here). The Rams stormed back in their first conference game with a 9-2 win against North Chicago on September 9.

During the second week of conference games, The Rams continued the trend of winning against our cross town rivals on September 14 with  a 4-0 blowout win. On September 16 the Rams took on the 3A division champions Warren, holding them to a standstill draw at a final score of 1-1.

In  week three of conference games, the Rams had a busy week with two conference games played on September 21 and 23. The first game of the week was against Fox Lake where the Rams hammered out a 3-1 win against Fox lake. Not to be outdone by their success earlier in the week, the Rams at Antioch beat them 5-1.

In week four of conference play, the team didn’t get a break, playing Lakes on September 28 and Wauconda playing them on September 30. The Rams, however, had lost none of their steam and continued their winning streak going 4-2 against Lakes and 3-1 against Wauconda.

This culminated in their final conference game against an undefeated Round Lake where the two teams  would compete for the title of conference champions. The game was hard fought, however, a foul in the first half saw both sides lose a player, and the game go down to a ten versus ten. After a grueling 50 minutes of back and forth play, the final whistle secured a  final score of 0-0.  For the second season in a row we will be sharing the conference champions title with Round Lake. When asked later in the season how they felt about being conference champions Berry said, It feels good to be conference champs again. All the hard work we did all season paid off.

The team this year has other ideas they have pushed and pushed. With their first game for division against Saint Viator on 9 October 19, the Rams beat them with a 4-0 win leading them to the division finals against Prairie Ridge where a hard fought 3-1 win crowned them division champions.