Boys’ Soccer team receives seven all-conference awards

Jack Marker, page editor

Although the Varsity boys’ soccer team’s season has ended, the awards keep coming. The team had another successful season, with seven players selected to the All-Conference team. Coaches around the Lake Conference voted on the best players on all teams. Raphael Cattelin, Isaac Eckroth, Tommaso Joy, and Theo Keller were selected to the first team all-conference, while TJ Mahoney, Oscar Smythe, and Will Swanda were selected to the second team.

Tommaso Joy, a senior captain and defender, explains what the award means to him. “Being named all-conference meant a lot to me. At the beginning of the season, it was one of my personal goals that I set out for myself. My teammates played a huge part in me getting the award as they pushed me every day to become a better player,” Joy said.

The team had an overall record of twelve wins, three losses, and one tie, which earned them the first seed in their section. Despite a disappointing loss in the section semi-finals to Jefferson High School, Joy explained, “This season was one of, if not, my favorite high school season. There were no individual presences this year that wanted the spotlight and it was truly a team rather than a bunch of individuals. It was the closest I’ve ever been with a team and I wish we could’ve gone a little farther in the playoffs.”

Like Joy, Oscar Smythe, a junior who scored nine goals last season and one of next year’s captains, recaps the season in a positive light. “We performed very well in the regular season, bouncing back from a slow start and eventually becoming the highest ranked team in the Lake Conference, which is the hardest conference in the state,” Smythe said.

A strong sense of teamwork was a common theme among the players. “I was surprised that we had so many players on our team that made an all-conference team. It is a testament to how well our team works together,” Smythe explained.  

Upon receiving his all-conference award, Smythe said that the award, “Means a lot knowing I played a role in our team’s success this year.” As one of next year’s captains, Smythe is excited for what is possible for the team’s future. “Next year, we will build on what we learned this year and hopefully we can make it all the way to state,” Smythe concluded.