Soccer ready for playoffs

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Soccer ready for playoffs

Senior Wes Harell skips past a Niles defender

Senior Wes Harell skips past a Niles defender

Senior Wes Harell skips past a Niles defender

Senior Wes Harell skips past a Niles defender

Jesse Heuer, Sports Editor

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Boys soccer may have gone through a rough patch, but they’re getting back on track and ready to make the push for playoffs.

According to topdrawersoccer.com, ETHS is ranked ninth in the state with a record of ten wins, one loss and two ties.

In a four game span in the middle of September, the Kits lost their mojo. After tying Jacobs and Glenbrook South, they beat Maine West 1-0 and then lost their first game of the year to division rival Maine South 2-0.

Going into these games, the team was averaging two goals a game, but went into a scoring drought, scoring only 3 goals over the four game stretch.

“I think we started to become a little complacent and thought that the goals would automatically come to us,” senior Josh Klier said. “We started to take a new mindset into the games and I think that has really helped put us back on track.”

After Maine South, the boys revived themselves. They have won their past three games, scoring a total of eight goals and only allowing two.

They had a noteworthy 3-1 win against Warren (12-3-2) on Sept. 24. The Blue Devils came into the game averaging four goals a game, but junior goalkeeper Gavin Rosengarten shut them down.

“We were able to stop them in the back by possessing the ball rather than just kicking it down the field. I think the three goals we scored all stemmed from our defense,” Rosengarten said.

ETHS remains in third place in the CSL South division behind New Trier (7-5-2) and Maine South (10-3-2).

“I believe we’ve been getting better every game and maturing as a team,” senior Dylan Ter Molen said. “I’m excited to see what we can do down as the season comes to a close.”