By Jackson Santy ’13
Now that the football season has wound down, the array of helmets and shoulder pads have been put away and replaced with shin guards and netted goals.
“The team is looking great this year,” said team captain Mark Mandala ’11. “With all of the returning players, people back from injuries, team chemistry and an inspiring coaching staff, the year will hopefully be successful.”
The team currently holds three state championships (1990, 1995, 2008) and hopes to add another this year.
“Besides a state championship, our main goal this year is to not let more than five goals in our net for the entire year,” Mandala said.
“We are ultimately looking to be the top-ranked team in the nation,” said captain Anthony Broglia ’11. “We definitely have the talent to be, all we need are the results.”
“We have an amazing squad full of talent and we should have the advantage over any team we play,” Broglia said.
The soccer team currently participates in a program called “Goals for Sierra Leone.”
With this program, for every goal scored this year by Brophy, $1 is donated to the relief effort in Sierra Leone, Africa.
The players also stressed that they are going to need as much support from the fans as possible.
“You have no idea how your presence influences the game. We had a very energetic crowd last year and I’m expecting the same, if not better, this year,” Broglia said.
The team’s first game of the season was against the Salpointe Lancers on Dec. 3 in Tucson, followed by two tournaments in California.
Their home opener will be against Mountain Ridge on Jan. 4, 2011.