The boys soccer team played in the Eastside Cup, their first preseason tournament, on August 23. Shorewood lost 2-0 in the finals to Menomonee Falls.
“We lost, but it was a good game. For the most part, it was pretty close, but the other team was ultimately superior,” said Owen Moran, senior captain and center back defender.
“They did their best,” said Arman Khan, sophomore, who plays for the junior varsity team and watched the entire finale unfold.
“It was disappointing to lose … but I think that we played well. When we see them again mid season, I hope that we’ll give them a run for their money,” said Austin Poole, junior.
Menomonee Falls scored their first goal about twenty minutes into the game, but players remained determined through the second half. The final goal was scored with only a few minutes remaining. “Our goalie Elie Ben Bordow played pretty well,” said Andy Baisch, varsity coach, of the junior who is joining the team for his first time this year and made several impressive saves.
“We both played up and down. Sometimes we had it, we’d have possession … but the other team would catch us in moments of disorganization,” Moran said.
Squeaky Washington, junior midfielder, agrees. “We didn’t really play the team. There were a lot of individual players, but we never really connected,” Washington said.
“They were a really tough team,” Baisch said. “It was a good opportunity to see where we stand. We have a lot of work to do, but we have really good players. As the season goes on, we’ll get better.”
Moran attributes the loss to the team’s lack of experience playing with each other. “We weren’t together. We needed more time to gel as a team,” Moran said.
Shorewood did take home two wins, beating Dominican 2-1 and University School 1-0, with senior striker and captain Elliot Lane scoring twice and freshman center forward Jared Holan scoring once. Also competing in the tournament were Riverside and Nicolet High Schools.
Despite the loss, the team looks forward to a solid season with strong senior leadership and cohesiveness.
“Right now we have a few individual talents that carried us through the first two games, but once we start playing together as a team, I think that we can find greater success,” Washington said.
Baisch would like to work on unifying the team and developing strong players as well. “We’re focusing this year on coming together as a team,” Baisch said. “It’s a great group of kids and I’m excited to play some soccer and win some games.”
His other goals for the season include getting better at the game and winning a handful of playoffs. “Beating Whitefish Bay would be good,” Baisch said.
As a captain, Moran would also like to bring the team closer while helping the younger players grow.
“[We’re going to] lead the guys up and push the younger players into leadership positions so that we’ll have a strong team next year,” Moran said.
The boys have been practicing together since August 11. Their last preseason game was against Oconomowoc High School on August 28. The team is excited to begin its conference season, which starts on September 3.
by Sydney Widell