Boys' soccer ends with tough regional loss

By Maggie Devereux
Executive Sports Editor
The boys’ soccer team ended their season with a 4-1 loss to Fremd (17-3-2) in the Regional Final. The Knights (12-7-2) lost 4-1 to the Mid Suburban League champs.
While the Vikings took the lead, the knights seemed to dominate the first half. They won about three-quarters of the 50/50 balls and played aggressively, two of their goals leading into the second half.
But an own goal scored off of Fremd’s Brian Hindle’s corner kick put the knights behind. Then a shot by the Knights’ bounced off the post. The Vikings were able to get the ball the all-area player Spencer Filosa who hit a 30-yard “cracker” into the upper 90.
“That no one is going to stop. Ever,” coach Kurt Trenkle said. “It was just a beautiful shot.”

However, Prospect did get a goal in the first half from a senior Brayhan Nunez free kick. This left Prospect down 2-1 heading into the second half.
“After playing probably some of our best soccer we were still down, but not out,” Trenkle said.
In the second half, Fremd scored again with a header. After that goal, the knights began to fall apart.
“Being down 3-1 against a team that is very good at clock management made it difficult to get any kind of flow in the second half like we had in the first,” Trenkle said.
Fremd’s fourth goal came from Filosa after a hand ball inside the Knight’s box.
“We were trying to play from behind and do too much with the ball,” Trenkle said.
Trenkle feels that despite the lost the team did have a “pretty good” season. Although the team didn’t win the division title or make it past the regional finals, the team did make it farther than last year. Last year, the team was eliminated in the regional semi-final.
“By lots of measurements [the season] came up a little short of what our expectations were,” Trenkle said. ” [But] the boys walked away knowing that they gave full effort, and we lost to a pretty good team.”
Trenkle holds high hopes for next season. The team is losing all-sectional players Nunez and senior David Spudic, but all forwards and their all-sectional goalie Brad Reibel are returning. Trenkle feels they can fill the opening spots and put together a strong team.
“On paper, we look like we should be the team to beat in the east next year,” Trenkle said.