Soccer shoots for victory


Senior Kyle Groth moves the ball past junior teammate Michael Kim in preparation for their game against Herndon Monday, May 7.

Nick Runkel, Staff Writer

Sixth. The boys’ soccer team is ranked above every team but five in The Washington Post’s Metropolitan Area boys’ soccer rankings.

“I’m excited about our ranking, but we still have a lot of work left to do,” said junior Evan Christian, “We are looking towards the postseason.”

The team has relied on their strong core of 14 seniors while amassing a record of eight wins, two losses, and two ties, said Head Coach Jac Cicala.

The team’s core group of upper classmen has helped the team achieve a high level of team chemistry.

“We have great team chemistry, everyone gets along great with each other, and this has allowed us to be successful so far this season,” senior Ryan Harmouche said.

Through 12 games this season, the team has allowed 10 goals, while scoring 31.

“Our trademark has definitely been minimizing our opponent’s scoring chances,” Cicala said.

In addition to their stout defense, the team has been more effective than last season at capitalizing on their scoring chances.

“We have had great passing and movement in the offensive third and that has helped us score often,” junior Naveed Freshtvadi said.

Not only has the team’s passing been exceptional, but their shooting has been accurate.

“Our finishing has been excellent, when we get near the goal, we have a good chance at scoring,” junior Baris Safoglu said.

The team has their last regular season Concorde district game tonight against one of their toughest opponents, the fifth-ranked Herndon Hornets.

“We have to be ready for everyone in our district, but especially Herndon and Oakton because our only two losses this season have come to them,” Cicala said.

Looking forward to the district, regional and state playoffs the team expects tough competition but they also have high expectations.

“Our goal from the start of the season was to advance deep into the playoffs and play at a high level in the playoffs,” Harmouche said.

Although the team will have to face many quality teams in the playoff, they will approach their games the same as always.

Cicala said, “We treat everyone team the same, no matter who they are, no matter what their ranking is. We don’t worry about our opponents, we worry about us.”