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Boys soccer season comes to an end

Park milled over in section quarterfinals
Rowan Jansen
Senior Wesley Smith receives a red card, resulting in being removed from the game Oct. 12. Park boys soccer team lost 6-0 to Washburn, ending their season

Boys Soccer went into sections with many injured players, contributing to their loss to Washburn Oct. 12. This tough loss brought their season to an end.

According to Head coach Anson Opara the team prepared thoroughly for the game in the days leading up to it. 

“We planned a more defensive approach to the game because we had played them a week before.” Opara said. “We didn’t want this game to bring our season to an end.”

The boys soccer team had a tough season this year, with a final record of 3-9-1. Senior Marco Cucci said that the team’s effort was important to him and his teammates. 

“I think that the most important thing is that we all played and tried to do our best,” Cucci said. “We just have to do our best to improve our mindset.”

During the game, the team faced a ton of pressure. With close situations, shootouts and tied games they had to adapt. Senior Wesley Smith said the team handled it well. 

“We just try to prepare as best as possible and just go over the stuff we worked on,” Smith said.

Many of the boys commented on the high team chemistry they had this year. According to Cucci the relationships were one of the biggest contributing factors to the team. 

“I really tried to make relationships with my teammates,” Cucci said. “This helped me in the field and I think it was one of the most important things to me.”

The team talked about the relationships they built this year. Smith said they greatly impacted the team.

“That was really big this year,” Smith said. “It helped to develop a sense of community.”

The team has a large graduating class this year. With the leaving of the seniors the team will have many blank spaces in the roster to fill. According to Opara a strange phenomenon keeps occurring at Park.

“It’s always hard every year. We always lose a lot of key players,” Opara said. “But, it´s something amazing that happens in Saint Louis Park. Where new players come up who are good.” 

The loss at Washburn ended their season and the 2024-25 season will begin again in August.

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Gabby Fadden
Gabby Fadden, Echo Staffer
My name is Gabby and I am a sophomore. This is my first year on Echo. I like to play sports and a fun fact about me is that I have 3 dogs. 
Rowan Jansen
Rowan Jansen, Echo Staffer
Hello, my name is Rowan Jansen and I am a Junior at SLP High School. I like to play softball and hockey in my free time. This is my first year on Echo and I'm looking forward to the year. 

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