By Olivia Delgado and Creelyn Bastinelli
The York Suburban boys soccer team won the county championship last year. Brayden Egger, Jackson Miller and Preston Illgenfritz also won the national championship with their club team this past summer season.
Brayden thought their experience would be a strength.
“I definitely think the experience that me, Jackson, and Preston have of being a national champion is definitely going to help. It’s definitely going to bring a different level of field awareness and IQ to the game. It’s going to help us become stronger and better as a team as we have more talent and experience.”
Last year, the team had 10 wins, 5 losses, and one tie. They placed third in their division and topped off the season by winning the county championship against Kennard-Dale with a score of 2 to 0. With such a good season from last year, a lot of the boys had their goal set on returning to counties for a second year.
Junior captain Jackson had shared his goals for the season at the start of the year.
“For the fall season, I hope to get to postseason with districts and try to achieve a good standing in districts.”
Brayden wasn’t sure this would be achievable since so many of their players graduated last year.
“I definitely think losing all the seniors we did last year is going to be a big challenge considering our whole defensive line was seniors, but I feel like it’s just something we have to overcome and the younger kids just have to step up and be ready to play at the varsity level.”
Brayden was right. The team didn’t make it to districts this year. They finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses. But they will continue to grow.
Jackson shared what he’d like to see from the younger players.
“Three personality traits that a good player should have are to be determined, they should work hard during practice and games, and they should be communicative.”
These traits would help any player on the team.
Even though they didn’t have a postseason this year, Brayden says he is proud to play for York Suburban.
“It’s an honor to be on the soccer team. It’s a privilege.”
I’m Olivia Delgado, and I’m Creelyn Bastinelli, and this is Trojan News.