Boys Soccer on a Roll

Ils Boys Soccer team 4-4 so far this season


ILS boys varsity soccer defeated Ransom 3-1 last week.

Ryan Desalle, Writer

With a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication these past couple of months, the boys varsity soccer team has managed to have a stirring bounce back over the last few weeks. The ILS boys varsity soccer team has won four of their last five game, including three in a row.

The slow start to the season (three losses in their first four games) resulted in frustration for the players and the coaching staff. But this group, which has experienced seniors who’ve made deep runs in the state playoffs, has demonstrated its resiliency.

Starting with there first major win back in November versus Archbishop Colman Carroll, the boys brought home an astonishing 4-1 win for ILS. Again at ACHS the following month, the boys carried a 2-0 win as well. The same month the team also beat SLAM 2-1 with not a lot of time left on the clock but managed to take the dub home.

While the season is closing up, the team is constantly practicing weekdays and weekends now to intensify there gameplay and prepare each and every one of them for districts.

“Our team can only improve with discipline. Our talent is there we just need to put the work,” said senior Nico Podolla.

The team played rival Mast Academy last Monday and netted a phenomenal winning goal in the last five minutes of the game. The team beat Mast Academy 3-2, advancing their momentum for the following game. The boys then posted a 2-0 victory over Archbishop McCarthy for their third win in a row.

Freshman Lorenzo D’Agostini leads the team in goals scored this season with four. Seniors Franco Pafumi and Nico Podolla are tied for second on the team with two goals each. Seniors Samuel Rodriguez and Lucas Moreno are among the six other players who’ve scored a goal so far this season.

During these times of uncertainty due to COVID, the boys have limited time left to be able to prepare for districts. Coach Jobson is consistently pushing these boys to become the best possible versions of themselves while out on the field. Coach Jobson focuses on specific techniques and strategies to help advanced their game play.

Senior Sebastian Giugovaz stated: “The team has been going over game plans and formations that will be used in competition. We are trying our best to prepare for districts and then states.”

With two games left in the season, team needs to pick up two more wins to advance them to districts. The team will be playing Gulliver Prep next week with a record of 3-5-2. The following week the boys will play Divine Savior with a record of 3-3-1.

As long as the team keeps up there hard work and dedication they might be taking ILS to districts and states this year.