Maddy DiGiovanni ’13
On November 11, ML Varsity Boys’ Soccer finished its best season in the history of the team. Despite the 1-0 loss to Newton during the State Sectional game, the team kept their conference champion title of a final record of 19-3-0 over Newton’s 18-5-2. The team was also undefeated at home, a huge accomplishment!
Captains Chris Robertson ‘12, Eric Dircks ‘12, and Jon Broome ‘12 led the varsity team to its fantastic success. “I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of them and how much fun this coach had during the year,” says nine-year Head Coach Mark Walters. “One of the most gratifying moments for me was beating Kinnelon three times this year!”
In addition to outshining last year’s final record of 14-2-4, the team surpassed both the number of goals and assists. Altogether, they scored 56 goals compared to last year’s 30 and had 32 assists, compared to 17. With ten goals, Skyler Van Dyke ‘13 holds the title of most goals scored this season.
“My biggest regret,” Coach Walters admits, “is that I didn’t do enough to get them a state championship. They certainly deserved it, but we had a wonderful ride this past fall. They have helped develop our program… into a Group 2 powerhouse. It has truly been a pleasure to coach this team!”
But Captain Eric Dircks has a different view. “One thing he [Coach Walters] left out was the great job he himself did this year. He brought energy and focus to each and every practice, and as a player you cannot take that for granted. His passion for the game and the love for his players are what truly make Coach Walters a remarkable coach.”
With five returning starters for next year, the team hopes to make it to State Sectionals again, and beyond. “Good is not good enough,” says Zach Aroesty ’13. “We worked hard this season, and our attitude towards the next season should be positive. The team is forever!”
Coach Walters expresses gratitude to the boys for their dedication and work ethic, but most of all for the memories they have given him. He is also “very proud of Coach Gottilla and our JV team, as they were undefeated at 13-0-1,” a mark of the success to come. “The future of our program is very bright, and it will only be a matter of time before we win it all!”