By Reyna Olivia
Photo by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
The rematch came earlier than the Logan High boys soccer team may have hoped, as the Grizzlies met the Skyline team that beat them in the 2014 state championship game in the second round of the 2015 postseason.
With a solid 9-2-4 record this season, after that second-place championship trophy last year, this year was again a strong one for Logan. Unfortunately, that quarterfinal date with Skyline produced the same result as a year ago, this time the Eagles won 3-0. It was a disappointing loss for a team filled with expectations, but it came at the end of an outstanding season.
“We’re pretty confident in taking home state this year,” said senior Idris Meite heading into tournament play. “I think we’ll take it all the way. Last year was a huge confidence and hope booster.”
“After we lost 2-0 with Mountain Crest, we changed everything: our minds and playing style, [we] fixed all the problems that were there and came out as a more connected team,” said senior Manny Sanchez. “The team has bonded closer and now when we are on the pitch, we connect and produce a beautiful style of play.”
Many of the athletes on the team have bright futures in the sport, some planning to play college ball on scholarships. Alex Magana, for example, earned a scholarship at USU Eastern.
“I’ve always wanted to play college soccer growing up,” Magana said. “You never know what can happen, you know? Maybe I can go pro, maybe not, but I at least want to experience it and get better as a player. It’s a two-year college so it won’t be a full ride scholarship, but they will help with a lot of the costs.”
Other boys did not get offered a scholarship for soccer, but are nonetheless hoping to play college ball, such as Meite, Andy Phillips and Manny Sanchez. Phillips will be playing soccer for BYU starting this fall.
“I’d love to play college ball after high school, but I’m not set on that,” Sanchez said. “I’m focused more on my education. But if I get any chance to play, I would definitely take it.”
The boys treat each other as if they were family and love and support each other as friends and teammates. Some decided to share their personal MVP choices.
“One of our MVP’s, in my mind, would definitely be Zach Marquez,” Sanchez said. “Zach is very charismatic and always optimistic, no matter what situation the team is in. He would come in as a sub and lift the team spirit up and make his mark on the field. He earned a starting spot on varsity which he well deserved.”
“Our team has become family and our chemistry is better,” Magana said. “I think Andy Arroyo, our goalie, is an MVP. I can’t really pick more because our whole team is the star and it’s so hard because we put in work that needs to be done.”