The Rockhurst varsity soccer team’s season is in full swing, and their championship aspirations depend on the coming week’s games.
The Hawklets started the season as well as they could have expected, winning their first 12 games. The team had looked strong, backed by a strong defense that had only allowed four goals in that span. Last week, the Hawklets hosted the Jesuit Classic. It opened with an early release from the school, a walk down to the stadium, and a flyover, all to bring excitement to the tournament. Even with the pageantry, the Hawklets suffered their first loss of the year to Marquette University High School, five to zero. Although they managed a victory in game two against Regis, the embarrassing defeat lingered. “I’d say it was a big wakeup call,” said junior defender Jake Hiss, “That game will stay in the back of our minds all season, and we will use it as motivation.”
This weekend the team looks to bounce back in the Go 4 Goal Classic in Burlington Iowa. Last night, they secured a three to zero win against Collinsville, IL. This will hopefully get the Hawklets back on track for the second half of the season. “I think our biggest goal is to continue to grow,” Hiss said, looking towards the end of the season. “We’ve got a lot of talent on this team and still haven’t shown it all. The team wants to keep getting better and peak at the right time for the state.” The Hawklets hope to take the extra step this year and win the state title after settling for runner-up last season. A smart offense with well-designed set pieces and a strong defense combined with a promising team that should excite for the rest of the season.