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An arsenal of talent in WJ men’s soccer

Andrew Phelps, Staff Writer

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The Walsh Jesuit men’s varsity soccer team possesses a varied arsenal of talent, including 11 seniors who will be vital as they make a run toward post-season success.

Led by coach and alum Scott Zackaroff, the team is more well-rounded than in years prior.  The Warriors train hard nearly every day, practicing their foot skills and passing patterns, weightlifting and watching film, all to improve their game.

Ben Connolly, a senior and starting left mid, identified one key to the team’s success, noting, “Our chemistry off the field is much stronger than the other teams I’ve played on.” This camaraderie and respect for one another significantly contributes to the Warriors’ great morale.

(Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal) Senior Christian Franczek goes up for a header against Hoban Knight Ian Quinn.

The team’s official chaplain, who prefers to remain unnamed, has been a devout fan for over 15 years and attends nearly every game, even going so far as driving to Cincinnati. Like Ben, he recognizes the Warriors’ unique bond.  He stated, “I am excited for this year’s varsity soccer team. They have the leadership and the skills to really go far, and they may be one of the best connected teams in a long time, and that will make all the difference this season.”

Senior Stephen Kenning has also become a serious fan of the team because, as he told The Pioneer, “I enjoy the technique and the feel of the game. I also love playing soccer and watching a great team like the Warriors.” The coordination and skill of the players is what gives them an edge over their competition.

On Tuesday, September 12, the Warriors took on the Knights at Hoban, hands down the Warriors’ biggest rivals. Hoban scored early on a penalty kick, but in the second half Cole Rico, ‘18, came alive and scored two crucial goals for the Warriors, leading them to a clutch 2-1 victory.

After a tied game against Lake Catholic on Tuesday, September 19 and a strong offensive 4-0 win against Green on Thursday, September 21, the soccer Warriors’ record stands at 5-4-2.

 

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