Boys Soccer

Rashaad Henderson, Editor

As the underdogs of the South East Conference, the Park soccer program is hoping to put themselves on the map as the season progresses. The focal point of the team, led by Coach Pope, is to turn around its losing record from the previous year and become a formidable opponent in the conference.

Coming off a negative record from the previous season (1-13-1), the Panthers are 4-2, with wins against Racine Lutheran (7-0), Faith Christian (2-0), Burlington (1-0), and Franklin (1-0), and losses against Tremper (0-4) and Horlick (0-2). In their first conference game of the season against Franklin, the Panthers knew the opposition would be tough. A lone goal from junior Alex Esparza in the last few minutes of the game allowed the Panthers to claim victory over the team they haven’t beaten since 2013. Following the end of the Panther’s winning streak to Tremper, Coach Pope said, “Tremper has a collection of highly talented individuals, and we struggled to keep up with their athleticism.  We will continue to work on developing our team chemistry and work ethic”. 

The Panther’s strength comes from their dominant midfield, which includes Jesus Diaz, Alonzo Zertuche, and Natalio Vital. Through these three players, goal scoring opportunities become more evident with their impressive possession skills. The defensive efforts of captains Jordan Mogren and Vincent Wentorf also contribute to the Panthers recent success. The track speed of Park’s forward, Rashaad Henderson has and will continue to catch opposing teams off-guard.

Despite the negative opinions of the Panther’s soccer program, the team is hoping to turn heads this season, with a few wins under their belt.