Boys’ soccer reflects on well-oiled team dynamic as regular season ends


Owen Jones

Trying to keep the ball from his opponent, sopomore David Downey runs down the field. Algonquin defeated Shrewsbury 3-0.

Erik Lin, Assistant Sports Editor

With plenty of skill and strong team chemistry, the boys’ soccer team has led an outstanding season with a record of seven wins, five losses and two ties. as they head into the post-season.

“We’re almost like a family to be honest,” senior captain Max Deschaine said. “At school, on the field, after practices and after games, we’re always together and I believe that sets us apart from some of the other teams in our league.”

The season started off a bit shaky, with so many new members of the team still trying to learn their roles and connecting with each other. 

“I was really hard on myself to make this year like every other year we’ve had,” senior captain Ethan Connolly said. “But everyone just kind of fell into their place, and we became who we are now. Everyone knows what they have to do and will work super hard to do it the best they can. That just really eases the pressure on everyone else. It feels really good.”

The hard work that the team is putting in is paying off. As they steer towards the end of their season, the team has clinched a spot in the playoffs, where they’ll attempt to become the district champions. Their first playoff game is tomorrow, Oct. 21, against Worcester South.

“We’ve had a great season overall, especially after losing so many seniors last year,” Deschaine said. “Going into playoffs, we’re feeling great. As crazy as it sounds, we could’ve done better in some games, but I couldn’t be more proud of the team and what we have built this season.”

Unfortunately, the team will be struck again by the loss of 13 seniors this year. As seniors make up more than a starting line up, the team will have to adapt and grow from this loss. 

“Losing half the team will never be easy,” Connolly said. “I think it will be tough for them, but there are plenty of guys who have been on the team for a while that I know can step up and keep succeeding going forward.”

“There are definitely going to be roles to fill,” Deschaine said. “However, I feel like we have a young core in our team that will serve us well for the next few years.