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Men’s soccer team challenges seasoned opponents

Molly Oldham, Feature Editor, Co-Opinion Editor

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The Varsity men’s soccer team recovers from the loss of last year’s seniors, and has high hopes of advancing to states.

The Revere Varsity men’s soccer team, coached by high school counselor Nick DePompei and middle school science teacher John Rorabaugh, has a current record of 9-2-2 and consists of eighteen players. Captains representing the team include forward Sandor Jakab, defender Sam Webster and goalie Sam York. Webster, a four year Varsity player, commented on the group dynamic of the seniors.

“The seniors, besides York, have been playing with each other since Revere Youth when we were like five or six,” Webster said.

The team has lost multiple starting seniors from last years team and coach DePompei, head coach of four years, says the boys have continued to stay positive and work hard.

“[We lost] a couple during the season last year, so we kinda had to start [recovering] even during it . . . it helped us get used to understanding that we need the ‘Who is that next guy up’ mentality . . . and a lot of [JV] played hard in the offseason,” DePompei said.

Even after the loss of these seniors, this year’s team has remained optimistic and Jakab, another four year Varsity player, expressed his hopes for the rest of the season.

“Every year, everyone on the team has the same goal in mind, to win the state championship . . . I believe we can achieve that goal,” Jakab said.

Taking necessary steps to achieve this goal, Jakab also commented on what he has done to help his team.

“As a captain, I try to lead the team everytime I step on the field . . . I encourage everyone to give it their all and take accountability for themselves as well. I tell my teammates that we are all leaders on the field and no matter what, we are together. Everyone on the team is treated as a brother,” Jakab said.
Webster, also aiming for the state championship, commented on what he has done to help his team.

“We [as captains] try to model the leadership [last years seniors] left behind. I lead during the games and practices,” Webster said.

DePompei also commented on how well the team has played against difficult teams, including nationally ranked school St Francis De Sales, a team who has not lost a game since 2016.

“So far the teams that we have lost to are number one and number four in the state of Ohio. We’ve got some things to figure out amongst our team, but we typically expect to be playing late into October, and the goal is always to get into November,” DePompei said.

The team’s next game is on Saturday, October 13 at 4:30 at Shaker Heights. Seniors for this year include Drew Gentner, Sandor Jakab, Alexi Konstantinopoulos, Omar Najjar, Dante Pardi, Sam Webster, and Sam York.

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Men’s soccer team challenges seasoned opponents