In what has been an unprecedented year full of surprises and uncertainty, the JJC Wolves men’s and women’s soccer teams have had to wait patiently.
As most observers know by now, all sports that would have normally taken place in the fall semester have been postponed and will resume in the spring semester.
Head men’s soccer coach Cristobal Trillo had hoped the season would start when it was supposed to. But with tryouts completed in August, he and his team will have plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming season.
“We did not have to change much of our practices,” Trillo said. “We require our players to come to practice with a mask and keep it on until practice starts.”
It hasn’t been an easy transition for everyone, with multiple guidelines put in place for the sports teams to obey as well as additional guidelines for anyone who comes to campus.
Trillo, however, has high hopes for this season.
The Wolves return six sophomores from a season ago.
The team was trending in the right direction, but due to injuries late in the season the players were never truly on the same page to compete with better teams.
Trillo made it clear that despite injuries and difficulty meshing last season he believes the Wolves are on the right track for the 2020-2021 season.
“My goal is to win the Regional IV Championship and keep everyone healthy for this season,” Trillo said.
It is uncertain when and what the schedule will look like for the team when it starts in the spring semester, but Trillo should have his team well prepared.
The women’s team looks to start fresh when the season begins.
The women are bringing in 10 new freshmen to join the five returning sophomores, but more importantly it has a new head coach.
Joliet native Debbie Rios joins the JJC staff with plenty of previous coaching and playing experience.
Rios expressed her excitement on the JJC website.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead these young student-athletes on the field and in the classroom,” said Rios. “We will be ready to work and play hard together to continue to build this program.”
Much like the men’s team, the women had to deal with injuries last season, causing constant lineup changes and no real room for the team to gain true chemistry. They were eliminated from regionals after one win.
With a new coach in Rios and time for the team to get to know ones another, the 2020-2021 Wolves have something to prove in the NJCAA come the spring semester.