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Soccer: It’s Right Here!

The Waukegan Boys Soccer teams excelled during the 2010-2011 season, with the Varsity team finishing at 9-5-4, JV at 16-2-1, sophomores at 11-2-2 and the undefeated freshmen team at 21-0-2. Varsity Head Coach Joseph Martinez observed, “We had better opportunities and better talent, skill-wise. For some reason we came out short, but not by much. I think at the beginning of the season, we weren’t thinking about State, but rather about beating New Trier as well as the tournament. We were lucky enough to beat them when the guys wanted it. They accomplished it, I had other teams that went farther but couldn’t beat New Trier, and these guys did it!”

Smiling at his memories of the season, Coach Martinez said, “What I won’t forget is the barking after we beat Deerfield, having Senior Night, beating Maine South along with Maine East and Evanston, and coming in second at the Conference! I’m looking forward to next year and whatever the season brings! We are getting better. The recognition and condition the guys are building is what they need to win. Discipline on the field is also very important. Next year we will work on continuity.”

One of the Varsity team Captains, senior Victor Lagunas, thought the most memorable moment of the season was, “When we beat New Trier!” After all, this was the first time in many years that they had beaten the team. Lagunas hopes to attend a good Division I school, preferably one that has a good soccer program — soccer is a must for his future. Lagunas would like next season’s soccer players to remember: “Play with your heart, no matter what! Play every game like if it’s your last!”

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