Mens soccer looks to finish season strong

The Wolves Men’s Soccer team entered the season with high expectations knowing they had a team with major depth, only to be derailed by injury.

The Wolves entered the season with 12 freshmen out of their 17 players. Lots of new material and learning had to be done with this young team, which led to a slower start of the season, according to Coach Cris Trillo.

Much of the season has been about inconsistency, and injuries have played a big role.

“It’s important to have a deep roster to promote competition and when injuries occur,” Trillo said, pointing to the importance of depth.

The Wolves started the season in a win one, lose one pattern in the first seven games of the season.

Two recent wins have raised the Wolves’ record to .500 at 5-5-1, with the one tie coming against Madison College. On Oct. 2 the Wolves routed Milwaukee Area Technical College, 6-0, at home. They followed that win with a 2-1 victory over Olivet Nazarene University J.V. team at Olivet on Oct. 4.

Season is slowly winding down with four regular season games left at press time, along with two rainouts from earlier in the season. That gives the team enough time to improve its overall and conference record.

Despite the rough, inconsistent start of the season, Trillo has a positive outlook as he looks forward to the final stretch of games.

“We have not played with everyone healthy,” Trillo said, “so we have not been able to show our fullest potential.”

Having been hit with the injury bug, the Wolves have had the next-man-up mentality of making sure every player is ready in case his number is called.

In particular, the Wolves have had their star players step up for them through all the injuries. Sophomore goalie Shane Badertscher, sophomore defender/midfielder Leonardo Haro and freshman defender Gustavo Sanchez have led the team through the tough stretch of injuries.  

“Everyone in the team is contributing and doing their best,” Trillo said.

With injured players making a return and lots of soccer left to be played, many of the goals that the Wolves have are more than just realistic. Trillo said the team’s ultimate goal has not changed.

“Our goal is to win the region IV championship,” Trillo said.