Soccer Playoffs

Olivia Sivak, Reporter

Sophomore Pablo de las Alas-Pumarino Bano kicks the ball away from the opponent.
Sophomore Tyler Henne fakes out his opponent.

This year, the 2018 Laingsburg boys varsity soccer team went 8-13-1. The boys played a tough season with a lot of close, lost, and won games. Through the regular season, the boys won 6 games, lost 12 games, and tied one game. The team won the first two rounds of districts and lost the district finals.

On Oct. 20 the varsity soccer team played Lake Fenton in the district finals, this is the farthest the boys have come since 2013. They fell to the Blue Devils 2-1. This is a huge come back considering when they played them just 11 days earlier they lost 7-1.  

The team really came together when playing Lake Fenton in the district finals. They lead most of the first half 1-0, a goal scored by sophomore Pablo de las Alas-Pumarino Bano(foreign exchange student from Madrid). Lake Fenton came back and scored in the final minutes of the first half. In the second half of the game, Lake Fenton scores again, the Wolfpack, unfortunately, could not get back on their feet after the Blue Devils scored their final goal.

“I was rather proud of our team [for losing by 1 point rather then 6 points],” junior Samuel Marshall said.

Since there was only a varsity team, there was a mix of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As it can be hard to play at a higher level as a freshman, with people you’ve never played before, you always have to be working hard to fit in and to be able to play with them.

“[My main goal this season] was to get used to the team and be able to play with them,” freshmen Andrew Kingsbury said. 

The team was able to bond on and off of the soccer field. They attended a team dinner before most of their games, whether it be at someone house or at a restaurant. These team dinners could get pretty rowdy.

“[My favorite memory from this year was] team dinner at my house when we played FIFA on the PlayStation 4 and had wheelchair wars,” sophomore Justin Grandy said.