Boys soccer starts the journey toward a conference championship, as they begin Central Suburban League play with a showdown against Maine West at home tomorrow.
“We feel that we are getting better every game,” Coach Franz Calixte said. “We have built a lot of momentum in terms of scoring so far, averaging at least a goal per half.”
Co-captains and returning senior starters Dylan Ter-Molen and Josh Klier have led a strong Wildkits scoring attack early on, along with fellow returning junior Miguel Jimenez, who scored a goal in each of the first five games to start the season, all of which have been victories.
The Kits started the season off strong with a key 1-0 victory over a highly talented Waukegan squad on Aug. 25, and a 3-0 run in the Evanston tournament at Lazier.
“It meant a lot to our team to be able to break the losing streak the we had against Waukegan and it gave our team the belief that we could beat anyone if we played hard,” Senior Dylan Ter-Molen said. “It also gave our defense and goalies great confidence in that we were able to shut out a great offense like Waukegan.
With all of the success that the team has had leading up to conference, there is always room to improve as a team.
“Even though we are scoring at a high rate, we still need to be more dangerous. We need to get more people involved. It can’t just be two or three people that score night in and night out,” Calixte said.
As the conference schedule approaches, the Kits will need to pick up the intensity in practice and keep playing as a team in order to win tough games like against Maine South on Sept. 20 and New Trier on Sept 29.
“As we get later into the season it’s all about improving from game to game,” Klier said. “When conference games come around there’s a new level of intensity that goes with each game.”
“Every team in the CSL South is a good team and we’ll have to come in to every game fully focused and ready,” Ter-Molen said. “Conference games have a whole different feel to them due to the importance but I’m very confident in our team’s ability.”
The Kits hope to continue their run of success and get revenge on the defending conference champions Maine South on Sept. 20, as they look to make yet another run deep in the playoffs.