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Soccer looks to build on tradition with young team

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 – The soccer team takes shots on goal at practice Nov. 11. The team looks to make a big impact with many young players this year.

By Luis Torres ’16

After soccer earned a 15-3-4 record last year and a loss to Chandler in the semifinals, head coach Mr. Noah Lewkowitz ’98 has his eyes on the state championship this year.

“We want to win every single game we play; every regular season game, our two tournaments in California and the state championship,” Mr. Lewkowitz said.

This year’s team will be without a plethora of players that graduated last year, most of which started for the team.

“Our game plan this year is getting a younger group of guys together and familiar with one another,” Mr. Lewkowitz said. “Younger teams are exciting teams. You never know what you’re going to get.”

Mr. Lewkowitz added that they have a good sophomore and junior class to supplement the seniors.  

“There is a lot of new talent that shows up every year,” said Ryan Garlick ’18 in an email to The Roundup.

Garlick, a left midfielder, is a sophomore looking to make the varsity team for a second year in a row.

“I have faith in [Mr. Lewkowitz] and the rest of the coaching staff to turn this new team into state champions,” Garlick said.

New teams aren’t uncommon for senior Matthew Sutherland ’16.

“It’s an entirely new team just like any year,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland, one of the six returning seniors, will be playing his fourth season with Brophy soccer coming off a broken collarbone during the second half of last season.

“The young guys are going to have to step up a lot this year. They did a lot of great work last year so it shouldn’t be much of  a problem,” Sutherland said.

To help with the adjustments of a more underclassmen-centric team, Mr. Lewkowitz will have four assistant coaches, three of which are voluntary Brophy soccer alumni.