Boy Soccer Honors Seniors on Senior Night


Kim Sheehan

This year's boys soccer team is stacked!

Lexi Nielsen and Emily Chu

For every senior athlete, senior night is an occasion they have looked forward to since their freshman year. On Oct. 15 boys soccer held their pre-game senior night ceremony. The seniors were brought onto the turf with their families to be recognized for their commitment throughout their high school soccer career. For the boys graduating, soccer senior night was a big honor to finally get to experience. 

“Senior Night was a lot of fun and it was great to be acknowledged beside the boys I grew up playing with,” senior Jake Laifer said, “I was appreciative of the support from the crowd behind us, which has been great all year.”

For other players senior night had a deeper meaning, and was a time to reflect on how soccer has played a role in their life.

“That night I truly saw who was there for me, my team who I have known since first grade, friends that I made on the way who came to watch me play, and my dad, even though he wasn’t there in person, he was there in spirit, supporting me since I first kicked a soccer ball,” senior Steven Portillo says, “

Many underclassmen on the soccer team felt as though senior night was a chance to say goodbye to their teammates they have played with and looked up to. 

“I’m gonna miss the seniors leadership on and off the field,” junior Brett Smith said, “they always help us get prepared and excited for all of our games.”

For junior, Deen Sonbol, the seniors have made a lasting impact.

“The seniors have been a great influence for me since the start of the season, and they brought a positive attitude and a game winning mentality to each and every game,” Sonbol says, “Over this past season I have made some great memories with all the seniors, and I will miss the good times and the hard work the seniors brought with them.”

Not only will the underclassmen miss this outstanding group of boys, but head coach Eric Puma holds many of the same sentiments.

“I will miss the passion these players had for the sport, their unwavering confidence and the friendships they shared while playing alongside one another,” Puma says, “It was a pleasure to be their coach.”