By George Dorrington
While the FIFA World Cup qualifying season for soccer has just started, the boy’s varsity soccer team season has come to a close. After last year’s impressive season, where the team ended with six wins, five losses, and one tie, placing third in their division, hopes were high. The team and fans were excited for this year’s new season to start.
New players like Aaron Kraus ‘17, and veterans such as, Leo Tozzi ‘14 and Mohamed Elmansy ‘14, were ready to take the field in the opening game against Frankin Delano Roosevelt High School.
However, in the season opener the team faced a loss of 2-1, followed by a string of other close defeats and ties. The deciding game for entry into the playoffs came down to the wire with a corner kick at the very last second, but Tech lost by a single point. This ended the season with three wins, nine losses and two ties, placing the team last in its division.
The team’s top scorer and MVP, Elmansy ‘14, felt the loss was particularly hard for the team because he and his teammates tried their hardest and were capable of winning. “Almost all the teams were equal, but things just didn’t work out,” he said.
Defender Tozzi ’14 agreed, saying the first five losses the team faced “really lowered the team’s spirit, which resulted in [us] not making the playoffs.”
Although their record shows a bad season, for the players it was still a great experience. For Elmansy ‘14, the highlight of the season was becoming the top scorer and playing his favorite sport with his friends, both old and new.
Tozzi ‘14, another senior player, is not fazed by their loss either, as well, saying “I was pretty sad at the last game because although I don’t play much, it’s still a fun experience and the team is great.”
For Kraus ‘17, the team’s poor record was not a deterrent. “Our record wasn’t that good, but we played really well in a lot of our games and we got closer as a team,” he said.
Kraus ‘17 found that being on a team as a freshman was a helpful experience, as he met new friends and people outside of his grade easily. “Being on a team also helps me learn to manage my time better, and I’ll need that especially since I’m also on a team outside of school which takes up a lot of my time.”
The team is confident that they will be back for the playoffs next time. Boys Soccer coach Anthony Cicolini is optimistic that the team will improve next season. “This season’s outcome should have made everyone hungry to prove a point to themselves and the league,” he said.
For many Tech sports fans and soccer lovers, this year’s soccer season seemed disappointing. Still, the players were proud of themselves, following their coach’s advice, “fight hard to the end no matter what the outcome is.”