Boys Soccer on the Road to States

“We are going to states this year, and we are going to win.”

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Stefana Avara, Staff

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The Catonsville Boy’s Varsity Soccer team has high expectations for their season this year. Coached by Chris Hastings, each of the 23 boys on the team have the same goal in mind: to win the 2016 state championship.

“We are going to states this year, and we are going to win,” said senior midfielder Jordan Llorin.

With a record last year consisting of eleven wins, two loses, and one tie, the team was looking forward to an undefeated season this fall. Despite one loss already this season to Mt. Hebron, Hastings and the team have not lost hope.

“We will play a couple of tough teams but I think we definitely have a chance at going to states if the boys communicate well and play their game,” coach Hastings said.

Losing some key seniors last year, including Jake Parrot and Christian Blanch, forced the players from the class of 2017 to step up their game. This year’s captains include defenders, Liam Llorin and Matt Rheder. Joining the captains and taking leadership roles this year are Drew Meyers, Luke Palmisano.

“We definitely miss both the leadership and field skills Parrot had to offer, but Meyers has filled his position on the field and our captains have done a good job including the underclassmen,” Hastings commented.

Many members on the team agree with their coach’s mentality.

“I think our team has done a great job adjusting to the fact that we lost a few key seniors last year,” said Palmisano.

At the end of each practice the team chants “States!” This chant reminds the boys that no matter what challenges they faced that day, their hard work will hopefully pay off, winning them a shot to score a 2016 state champion title.