By Beau W. Peterlin ’10
It’s now winter and the gridiron of Loyola Field has been put away.
In its place, large white goals sit silently at each end of the field. This silence is only temporary until the Brophy Soccer team takes the field for their games.
One of the star players on this year’s team that will try shattering the opposing defenses as much as possible is four-year varsity winner and starting striker Brian Hines ’10.
Hines put 15 goals in the back of the net his junior campaign alone and that is “a career total for some,” according to head soccer coach Mr. Marc Kelly ’87. When watching him play if it looks like he has been playing since a very young age, it is simply because he has.
Hines’ first memory of soccer was when his dad coached him on his first team, the Wildcats.
The Brophy senior was only four-years-old when he first started playing soccer.
“I like running and kicking stuff — that got me into it,” he said about the sport of soccer.
He said he considered himself to be faster and smaller and that is how he became a striker.
When describing the emotion of scoring, Hines said that a goal is “the best feeling you can get on the soccer field,” something he feels many times throughout the season.
He said he even likes playing for Brophy more than his club team, something uncommon for the sport. It doesn’t hurt that he enjoys being coached by an alumnus of the program, Mr. Kelly.
He said he looks up to his brother and his dad for inspiration, as well as one of the game’s best, Cristiano Ronaldo.
After his Brophy career he is hoping to play Division I soccer in college and is even thinking about taking his game to the next level at a Jesuit university, Gonzaga.
Hines said that the best part about playing soccer at Brophy is the fans. In his final season he believes this team has the most unity in comparison to years in the past.