Team enjoys national ranking, takes California tourney
By Colin M. Prenger ’11
Brophy’s varsity soccer team was undefeated as of Jan. 11, with 15 victories and one tied game.
A mid-season highlight was the team’s victory at the Golden State Invitational in California, where the team won the “highly-sought-after” bronze bell.
Striker Riggs Lennon ’13 leads the team with more than 20 goals.
“My personal goal for the season is to lead the team in assists,” said midfielder Esteban Obregon ’11, leading the team with seven assists.
Depth of talent and team work is what seems to have led this squad to their numerous victories. When players on the team start to take over, other team members try to balance out the power and play as a team.
“To me, our strength is in our balance … equanimity between the young and the old, harmoniousness in our demeanor, and our steadfastness when it comes to getting the job done,” said head coach Mr. Marc Kelly ’87.
Solidifying that team work is a reoccurring asset of this group. Midfielder Andre LeBlanc ’11 sustained an injury to his ankle early in the season, and according to Obregon, as many as four other players have volunteered to step up and cover LeBlanc’s position.
The team is losing 13 seniors this year, so what does the future look like for the soccer program?
Talent, talent and more talent is what team members and their coach say this group possesses and will continue to possess with underclassmen in the years to come.
“With exceedingly talented young players, Brophy will not fall far from being one of the most dangerous teams in Arizona,” Obregon said.