Alec Vick ’15 & Chase Bayless ’15
Last year, the Brophy Soccer team made it to the state championship for the third time in four years.
The game ended with an unfamiliar fate for the Broncos with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime to Hamilton.
“It was a hard pill to swallow, but it’s these difficult experiences that help us in the future,” said head soccer coach Mr. Marc Kelly.
With the amount of players returning from last year’s team, the 2012-2013 team is much more mature than that of last seasons’.
“I think we need to work on getting more acquainted with the younger players,” said striker Riggs Lennon ’13, “We have a good core of seniors.” “We also have a great group of underclassmen who are getting their chance to play and make an impact,” said Michael Peay ’15. The team will work on building this chemistry up to their first game on Nov. 27 as they travel to Tolleson.
This season the team will again travel to Florida for a tournament where bringing home a win will have ramifications in the hunt for a national title.
Bringing back a national title would mean a second national championship for Brophy, the first being the swimming national championship from 2005.
This year the team is working more on strength, by working in the weight room while maintaining the same amount of conditioning from the past years.
“So far this year we have been playing two times a week and lifting two times a week,” Lennon said. “It is important for us to stay fit and healthy as the season approaches and to maintain it throughout the season.” Peay said.
Mr. Kelly said that if they had to beat anyone this season that they would have to beat Hamilton.
Unfortunately Hamilton is not on Brophy’s regular season schedule, though they play in many of the same tournaments.
This season the Broncos will stick to the same game plan and style of play that they have used in recent years said Mr. Kelly.