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Staying strong: Boys’ soccer shows strength through season

haley Crawford Jon Jee Staff Published: October 17, 2011 9:06 AM

The John Glenn boys soccer team is having a rough time pulling out a win. The current record of these hard working young men is 0-13. But as of Oct. 6, they were really proud of how far they have come.

One difficulty that is affecting the Muskies is the teams injuries. Senior captain Corey Cale was put back in goal after having surgery on his hand. In the game against Maysville, he had eight one-on-ones and saved six of the shots fired at him.

The Muskies have been struggling to stay healthy. Sophomore Ross Mathews tore his ACL in the off-season, and freshman Clay West broke his foot during one of the games at the beginning of the season.

Through all of the distracting injuries, the boys always somehow keep each other motivated to play their best. Our team gets motivated by senior captain Nick Smith giving pep talks before the game and at halftime, said senior captain Logan Fitzgerald. The season has not been such a downfall. The boys have gotten to know each other and have become a team through the process.

The boys feel very disappointed with how their record looks because it doesnt show how hard they have worked and improved from the beginning of the season.

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The Muskies have been pushing themselves everyday and changing some things, like positions on the field, so they will have a chance at making it farther in the tournaments. The boys goals for tournament play are to come out with at least one win and to make it as far as they can no matter how far that is.

Determination is another key asset of this young group of boys. They just dont come to practice every day and mope around because they havent won a game. They come with their state of mind set that they are going to get better as a team and as individuals. They go on a long run every day after practice is over no matter how tired or sore they are from their game the night before.

The senior captains shared some advice for the underclassman to carry with them through the rest of their soccer careers at John Glenn. Do not argue with your teammates, coaches, or refs. Work as a team next year and win some games for JGHS, said senior captain Chris Cocca.

Captain Fitzgerald agrees, Never quit, no matter what.

The boys play next on Monday, Oct. 17 at River View against West Holmes for tournament play.

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