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Experience and chemistry: a winning combination

The Rebel boys' soccer team is confident about its abilities as a team as the season progresses

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Experience and chemistry: a winning combination

BRACE YOURSELVES: Robert Thang dribbles down the field in a game against Covenant Christian. Robert scored two goals for the Rebels and the team went on to win the game 4-1.

BRACE YOURSELVES: Robert Thang dribbles down the field in a game against Covenant Christian. Robert scored two goals for the Rebels and the team went on to win the game 4-1.

Photo by Julie Albertson

BRACE YOURSELVES: Robert Thang dribbles down the field in a game against Covenant Christian. Robert scored two goals for the Rebels and the team went on to win the game 4-1.

Photo by Julie Albertson

Photo by Julie Albertson

BRACE YOURSELVES: Robert Thang dribbles down the field in a game against Covenant Christian. Robert scored two goals for the Rebels and the team went on to win the game 4-1.

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The boys’ soccer team began its season on Saturday, August 11th, with games against Center Grove. Both JV and Varsity teams suffered a defeat against the Trojans, with the varsity team losing 5-1 and the JV losing 4-1. Freshman defender Hugo Herndon scored for the rebels JV team, and senior midfielder Owen Spotts scored for the varsity team.

Following last year’s season, the team has had a shaky start. But they plan on improving from last year.

“Unfortunately, we lost in the finals last year,” senior Robert Thang said. “But our goal this year is to pick up from where we left off and win sectionals.”

Only three seniors have left the team this year, so the team’s dynamics haven’t changed much. However, the team has grown a lot since last year regarding their experience and abilities.

“I think what’s changed the most is our players’ experience,” coach Joe Schonegg said. “Everyone now knows what it’s like to be on a varsity team and to play on a varsity field. Experience makes a big impact on how we play.”

Schonegg is hopeful and very excited for how this upcoming season will play out.

“Sectionals will be tough as there are some tough teams and tough schools this year,” Shonegg said. “I think we have a really good chance to win the Circle City Conference this year.”

After a rough first game, the Rebels have already turned around with two wins against Franklin Central (1-0) and Covenant Christian (4-1)  along with a tie against Southport (1-1). The team is confident that they’ll go even further than last season, gaining more experience and confidence each game.

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