OHS Boys Soccer Team Experiences Competitive Season

Senior (left to right) Jonathan Sandoval, Keith Billington, Brandon Jones, Levi Boyd, Austen Manahan, Aden Cisco, and Jonah While pose together, after regional game. Photo by Amy Manahan.

By Jonah While, OHS Torch Reporter

After a longer and injury filled season, the OHS boys soccer team sputtered to a regular season record of 1-14-1. The boys soccer team was bounced out of regionals by the Monticello Sages.

According to OHS soccer senior captain Austen Manahan, “It was a tough season, because of the harder competition in the new Illini Prairie Conference.”

Even though the season wasn’t what the team expected, the soccer boys used their comradery to push through the struggles. “Listening and communicating to each other on the field really helped, rather than listening to our coach,” said senior captain Josh Kaminski.

The Spartan boys soccer team finished their first season in the new Illini Prairie Conference. The competition was more competitive this year, according to many of the boys on the team, “It was a very talented conference this year, which was a lot harder than last year,” said Kaminski.

Looking past all of the challenges that the team faced, the players really enjoyed the season and the bond that they made with each other. The two freshmen Noah While and Justin Siebert both had fun with the referries, “The home referees were really cool and funny.”

Other favorite memories of the season include playing music on the bus rides, with songs such as Mud Digger and Big Green Tractor. “The bus rides were fun, especially when we would listen to music,” said Manahan.

Many of the returning Spartan soccer boys are getting prepared for next season. Returning freshmen Justin Siebert and Noah While both talked about the upcoming season, “We are both going to hit the gym and the weights for next year.”