Boys soccer become regional champions

By beating BVW in tonight’s game, the boys varsity soccer team became regional champions and are headed to the state tournament.

Kathleen Lutz

Claudia Chen, Writer

The boys varsity soccer team won the 6A regional tournament tonight by beating Blue Valley West with a score of 3-0.  The game took place at the football field at the DAC, and the win will advance the team to the state tournament.

The only goal of the first half was by junior Trevor Kerns, 15 minutes into the game. 11 minutes into the second half, senior Ian Arch scored, and the Huskies increased their lead to 2-0. The final goal of the game that gave BVNW a 3-0 victory was scored by junior Austin Flores with 5 minutes left in the game.

Senior Colton Southwell, center defender and one of three captains, said that the team did OK and that the shooting was on target every time. However, there is still room for improvement for the team, he said.

“We kept the ball in the air too much and we need to play on the ground more,” Southwell said. “[To improve] we need to do the same thing we do every day in practice – but we need to take practice a lot more seriously.”

Head coach Rick Pribyl said  he felt the team has improved tremendously this season, and despite the amount of pressure on the players tonight, the team performed well.

“[Compared to the beginning of the season, the team has improved by] 180 percent,” Pribyl said. “They played with their heart tonight -and that’s something I can’t coach.”