The Uni High boys soccer team played the last game of their regular season on October 5 with a 2-0 win against Bloomington Central Catholic. They ended with an impressive record of 17 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. The soccer team kicked off their post-season with a 9-1 win against Schlarman, followed by a 7-1 victory against Bismarck-Henning to win the regional title. They will play in a tough sectional starting with a game against St. Teresa on October 18. If the team wins that game, they will have to play another game against either St. Thomas Moore or Bloomington Central Catholic to advance to the super-sectional game, whose winner will play in the state tournament.
The game on October 5 was also the soccer team’s “Senior Night”, an event where underclassmen honor senior players by writing speeches and poems. The seniors appeared to have enjoyed their speeches and had a positive reaction to them. Robert Chen said that he “really appreciated it. It was very heartfelt.” Noah Blue had similar thoughts, saying he “loved it” and “that it was very clever.” He also said that “It’s nice to have a senior night speech because you can really tell that the kids are forming a bond with you and they know who you are.”
The seniors later shared their favorite parts of the soccer season. Noah’s favorite memory was beating Central High School 1-0, and described the feeling as “phenomenal, since we beat a team that was a real powerhouse in the area.” Van Gunderson had no single favorite memory, but instead, he enjoyed “just hanging out on the bench with Lawrence and Martin and other people; it makes it more lighthearted in a competitive scenario.”
The soccer team has a positive attitude heading into sectionals and many players think that if they win, they will have a good performance at the state tournament.