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Boys soccer prepares for playoffs

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Junior Ramin Abraham passes the ball upfield during practice.

Junior Ramin Abraham passes the ball upfield during practice.

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Junior Ramin Abraham passes the ball upfield during practice.

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Three’s a streak.

Boys soccer is looking to win their third straight Sectional championship as they get ready for playoffs.

“I think if we can get through Sectionals, we’re winning State” coach Franz Calixte said.

However, they have struggled at times this year. “We have a tendency to miss opportunities early in games, and that’s been hurting us” Calixte said.

On Sept. 23 they tied Jacobs, a team they haven’t lost to since 2014. Three days later they tied Niles West in a game that “could have easily been three or four to zero” according to Calixte.

The Iowa Tournament was also a rough weekend. The team won the first game, in overtime, 4-3. They then lost their next two games 2-3 and 0-1, respectively.

“The stats may not show it right now, but all of these guys are talented. We just gotta get our minds right,” Calixte said.

Still, players looked at Iowa as a positive experience.

“We came out [of Iowa] feeling fresh, feeling confident, and ready for end of season play” senior midfielder Aidan Tobin said.

“Iowa helped us become a team,” junior defender/midfielder Ben Sollinger said, “Not just 11 players on a field.”

The team proved how dominant they can be on Oct. 3, destroying Maine South 5-0.

“If we put our minds to it, the sky’s the limit” Tobin said.

Calixte has high praise for this group of boys. “Player for player, on paper, this is one of the best teams we’ve had in a long time,” he said.

That is quite a statement, considering the team has won Sectional titles in both of the last two seasons.

According to Calixte, “with the talent that we have, if we start to click at the right time, we’re the team to beat.”

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