With a first round loss to Breck, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer season came to a close on Oct. 9. Falling 9-0 to the No. 3 seeded Breck Mustangs, the Crusaders wrapped up their second winless season. Despite the section loss, Hanley said he could see improvements from last season.
“I think we played a much better, much more organized game than last year against Holy Family,” he said.
The Crusaders wrapped up their second varsity season 0-13-2.
The ties were few and far between, but still very important to the Crusader morale. In a 0-0 tie at Rockford on Sept. 15, and in a 1-1 tie against Glencoe-Silver Lake on Oct. 6, the Crusaders proved they have what it takes to fight through a game and come out near the top.
Hanley said the team was finally coming together at the end of the season and is closing in on its first win in team history.
“If we would have had another two or three weeks of the season, I know we would have had a win,” he said.
That win will have to wait until 2013, and will have to come without this year’s five seniors: Chase Greenhagen, Jesse Greenhagen, Michael Limmel, Michael Corkins, and Zach Schilling. While all will be a loss to the team, the hardest hit will be from Limmel, the team’s goalie.
“I think that’s going to be a huge hole to fill,” Hanley said.
Fortunately, Garret Corkins has offered to step up to the plate and Hanley is looking forward to developing him as a keeper.
The team will still be young next season with only a handful of upperclassmen, but Hanley is looking forward to the return of all of this season’s sophomores, freshman, and eighth graders. He said Riley Thomas and Caleb Sebora will return to the back line, along with a host of midfielders in Brandon Holmes, Eli North, Charlie Menke and others Brandon Duffy, Jose Amaya, Joshua Parrish, and Dain Aarrestead.
“I’m looking forward to each and every one of them,” Hanley said.
As the team continues to improve, he said he looks to continue building the Mayer Lutheran soccer program and wants to start tallying wins early next season.
A selfless team that looks to the betterment of the team over the success of individuals was the definition of the 2012 squad, Hanley said. He hopes that tradition will continue for years to come.