By Paola Diaz ’19
Pritzker’s Boys’ JV soccer team played against ITW Speer, a long waited game, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Humboldt park soccer field.
Pritzker soccer players were patiently waiting to play against Speer, a “tough team” as described by the Pritzker JV Captain, sophomore Gustavo Rodriguez.
“We’ve been putting all of our effort in practice. We’ve been showing up everyday to practice, and we’re ready to play them,” said Rodriguez. Sophomore on the JV team, Edwin Arollo, said that the whole team had been looking forward to that day, since it was their most important match. While playing, the team had a positive attitude, cheering on each other, helping each other, and trying their best.
With many attempts within the first half of the game, sophomore, Giovanni Roman made many great shots that had the crowd anxious to see what would happen next.
As the first half of the game came to an end, there was no goal from either team (0-0). Coaches Amanda Meyers, Freshman Composition I teacher, Luz Espinoza, College Manager, and Benjamin Groch, sophomore Classical Literature teacher began speaking to the players, motivating them hoping they still had a chance. The game was not over yet.
Junior managers Dania Luna, Jocelin Luna, and Jacqueline Puente were ready to assist players with soccer balls, while also cheering on the players.
Breaking the trend, Speer scored a goal in the second half of the game (0-1) Pritzker JV players were slowly starting to lose faith. “Come on guys!” was a chant commonly heard by the players in the sidelines. The team’s goalie, sophomore, Andres Orihuela, blocked many goals, which had the crowds cheering, until the last whistle blew. The game ended with Speer taking the win.
Coaches gathered JV players to speak after the game. They talked about things that went well and bad while playing, giving them some advice on how to prepare for future games.
When asked how they felt about the game, freshman, Cristian Ortiz said that they could’ve done better: “We need to work on communication and show support […] we should bring each other up, not down,” Said Ortiz. Junior, Jonathan Gutierrez, replied, “I feel like we put a lot of effort into this and I feel proud of my teammates […] one player does not define the whole team. The team defines the whole team.”
Although they lost, the loss didn’t affect them negatively. The loss made them stronger and ready for their future games.