Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer
The boys soccer team faces two MIC schools this week, Pike on Tuesday and Lawrence North on Thursday, but there are more than just two wins on the line. With two victories this week, the team will secure the conference title.
“These next two games are crucial for our success in the MIC and will clinch first place, winning [the conference] for the first time in at least four years,” senior Jake Youngstafel said. “Although we struggled early in the season we have found success and plan on continuing it not only in these last two MIC games but for the rest of the season.”
The team has only lost one conference game, a 3-2 setback to Lawrence Central, on Aug. 21. This loss put Lawrence Central in first place in the MIC. However, after LC recorded two ties and CG ran off five straight wins, the Trojans retook first place. Now with two conference games remaining, two victories would give the Trojans the MIC championship. The players are fine tuning their strategy heading into the two games.
“It is important that we play as a team and win the midfield. We need everyone to be clicked in and ready to go,” senior midfielder Luke Boha said. “If we are able to do this. We will be successful in both games.”
Pike is led by a quick offense and plays a direct style soccer, attempting to go from their defense to offense quickly bypassing the midfield. While Lawrence North plays a less direct style and is led by senior Aaron Coats who has four goals and one assist in ten games this season.
“We can beat Pike if we just play slow and play to our ability,” senior defender Andrew Sauder said. “And we can beat Lawrence North by just playing the way we have always played, controlling the ball.”
Going into the Sectional tournament as MIC champs would boost the Trojan confidence.
“These two games will be extremely difficult for us as the pressure will be on us to impose our style and play our game,” senior forward Owen Assenmacher said. “But I am confident in our team to pull through and win the MIC.”