September 23, 2017

Cats claw their way to another victory

by Alex Gleyzer, staff reporter

On Saturday Sept. 28, the boys soccer team continued their season with a 3-0 victory over Libertyville. The Cats began the game with nearly twenty consecutive minutes of offensive pressure on the Libertyville defense. Unfortunately, the Cats would have trouble finishing plays, which would follow over to their rest of the game as well. With numerous chances in the first half, only one goal would have to show for their offense.

“We just needed to play our game and wake up,” Ed Uhrik, soccer coach, said. “It is not uncommon, they (the players) were getting mad, some of them seemed to have come mentally unprepared and it was causing them to make small mistakes.

 

The Cats would continue to push the pace in the second half by dominating ball possession and scoring another two goals. The biggest difference provided was the organization and strategy of the team. The Cats utilized their speed by making quick simple passes and creating chances with their agility. The defense continued its same powerful plan with Nate Laude and Alfredo Rocha, seniors, quarterbacking the defense, and the team.

“We’re communicating a lot on and off the field, Nate is a great captain in the back and Rocha is a big part as well,” Coach Uhrik said.

 

With this victory the team improves to 12-0-2, and looks to jump from its number 6 ranking in the conference. The players however, are just focused on playing soccer, and playing it their way.

 

After the game Laude commented that he doesn’t pay attention or care much about the rankings just like the rest of the guys.

“We have to keep fighting, no days off, no dog days, and we constantly keep each other in check and need to keep doing this,” Laude said.

Coach Uhrik followed Laude’s comments by focusing primarily on the club. “We haven’t done anything yet. We still have the Conference and State tournaments ahead and it would be very disappointing if we came out of those tournaments without a trophy.”

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