The end of the 2017 season has arrived. Here are a few words from our coaches.
From Coach Hunter Wolfe
Thank you for everyone who has returned their jerseys so far. If you haven’t, please do so as soon as possible.
Catholic Soccer is on the rise. We had 57 players come out for the teams this year. Our middle school team had some excellent wins and represented us very well in our host tournament, coming in second. Our JV team won their only tournament and continued their winning ways this year. And our VB team made it to the second round for the second straight year. It was an excellent year all around for the boys’ soccer program.
However, this Varsity season was a historic season. The boys finished with the best ever record at Montgomery Catholic (19-5-1), won the area for the second time in a row, and we were able to have three players reviewed (Daniel Reeves, Peter Garland, Jonathan Doan) and one selected (Peter Garland) for the North/South All Star Game this summer. This is the first player selected in at least ten years from Montgomery Catholic (maybe longer). Individual stats will be numerous to account for, but our team stats were as follows: 77 goals for, 30 goals against in 25 games, 15 different goal scorers, 12 different players recorded an assist, 11 total shutouts, and zero red cards.
We’ve had many compliments from people in the community about our playing style, our sportsmanship, and our overall class as players and fans. We haven’t been perfect by any means, but this is by far the best Catholic team to come through the area in a very long time. There is a lot to be proud of and I am pleased that my first group of seniors had a season this special. Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication that have made the last two years special. Thank you to the parents for all of the hard work, sacrifices of time and money, and overall support of our program. I love this school and am proud to be a part of this organization.
Returning players: Coach Aaron and I want to practice during the month of June. There will be more details coming out soon, but there is a specific date I need the varsity players to be aware of….June 17. That Saturday is a play date that I have set up to play three games against some top level competition in the state. I’ll tell you more about it in a future e-mail.
From Coach Tyler Rosser
Our team learned a lot this season, specifically about what matters most in terms of playing, in terms of coaching. We entered the season with high expectations after having made it to the first round of the playoffs last year, a state ranking as high as #9 last year, and having the best regular season record in ten years last year. Seven knee injuries, one high ankle sprain, and two concussions later, we did not meet our expectations in terms of wins this year. More importantly, however, we exceeded expectations in terms of togetherness and, most importantly, glorifying God through our effort.
What did that lead us to? Two firsts in program history: the first back-to-back playoff appearances in MCPS women’s soccer history, as well as the first playoff win in more than decade. We were very close to making it to the state quarterfinals as well, after coming up a little bit short against a final four team, Faith Academy. We left the season with a new perspective on why we play and a renewed excitement for what is possible next year.
Thank you to the parents who invest so much time, energy, and effort into this program and this school. I’m so proud of the girls! Go Knights!