Q & A with boys’ soccer captain

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WJ fights for the ball in a game against Kennedy High School. The Wildcats have been looking to improve from last season.

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WJ’s varsity boys’ soccer is hoping to rekindle their incredible form from their state-championship-winning season two years ago, following disappointing results last season. The team finished with a 6-7 record and was knocked out in the first round of playoffs following a shocking loss to Einstein. Senior Captain Brendan Murray believes that his team has the ability to improve and come back stronger this season.

“It was devastating to go out in the first round of playoffs as defending state champions, and that pain has only made us hungrier this year to return to the top,” Murray said.

“I would say the only thing the team has to improve on from last year is having the courage to give it absolutely everything for 80 minutes on the field and never be outworked by the other team.”

Murray and other star players such as Seniors Kamyab Pirouz and Deji Onitiri are expected to make a big impact as the Wildcats push for a deep run in the playoffs this year.

Below is a Q&A with Murray about the season this year.

Q: How do you feel about the team’s results so far?

A: “So far it’s been tough. We have a lot of new faces and are still trying to figure out what works best with the talent we have, but it seems to be really getting better.”

Q: What goals have you set for the team this season?

A: “The goals would include of course winning the state championship.”

Q: Are there any specific things the team has worked on to improve from last season?

A: “I would say the only thing the team has to improve on from last year is having the courage to give it absolutely everything for 80 minutes on the field and never be outworked by the other team.”

Q: How has your role changed now that you’re a captain?

A: “My role has changed greatly. I’m no longer a follower, I have to be a leader on the field and off the field and keep the team going no matter what, as well as help the newcomers get adjusted to the program.”

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