Soccer Team looking to reach state once again

Johnny Milas, Staff writer

After a tremendous season last year finishing second in state, the St. Joseph Soccer team looks to do it again. And with a large amount of starters returning, they definitely think they can.

Defense is the key. A strong defense and superb goalie has allowed the Chargers to control the game. Plying sweeper and leading the defense senior Isaac Barboza. He keeps the defense calm and collected. In front of him Daniel Magallanes playing stopper wins every ball that comes to him. Jesus Vargas and Jonathan Rodriguez on the wings have keep the ball on the open half.

Controlling the mid field this year has been given to Aaron Rivera, Emmanuel Lopez, and Chris Perez. They have been able to move the ball with speed and precision. They have the power and skill to put the ball in the back of the net.

Up top this year we have three strikers, John Marchand, Alexis Gil, and Jake Hansen. These powerful strikers find the back of the net often.

This season the Chargers have been plagued with injuries. Many injuries leaving players out for the whole season. Some of the top players have suffered injuries. Even with all these problems the Chargers still think they have a good shot to go down state.

The Chargers are the No. 3 seed in the Glenbard South sectional and are the top seed in their own regional. The Chargers open postseason play Tuesday, Oct. 20 at home vs. the winner of the Hyde Park-De La Salle play-in game.

The state tournament is Nov. 6 and 7 at Hoffman Estates High School.