Jesuit Soccer looks to uphold reputation with new season

As the new soccer season approaches, expectations are running high for the Jesuit High School’s team. 

Jesuit, who made it to the Division I CIF NorCal Regional Finals last year, was ranked No. 38 in the nation and No.10 in California at the end of last  season. 

Jesuit’s impressive work ended as the runner ups in the NorCal Regional Finals where the team lost a tight 2-1 game to Bellarmine College Prep High School.

Even though Jesuit ended last year with loss, center midfielder Donovan Carillo ’20 is looking forward to the new season.

“Although we were all a little disappointed with the finish to last season, I think our goal this year is to finish as NorCal champs where we fell one game short last season,” Donovan said.

Last year’s accomplishments have set the stage for the upcoming season as the confidence in this Jesuit team is high. Defender Michael Raff ’20 says the team holds a very high standard for themselves.

“My expectations for the team are very high,” Michael said. “I expect we will win states.”

To match these expectations, the team plans to increase their preparation and practice for each game. Right wing Chris Meyers ’20 talked about his plan for the upcoming season.

“This season we are going to put in more effort and energy into each training and game,” Chris said. “We have an extremely talented team… so I hope we can keep the ball more and be very attacking since we have the right players to score a lot of goals.” 

The opening game is against longtime rival Christian Brothers High School, who the Marauders beat last year 6-0.

The game against Christian Brothers takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Hughes Stadium. Show up and support Jesuit as they look to repeat last season’s result and take down the Falcons.