Boys soccer works to end skid


Tom DiGrispino

Josh Krause challenges the KV goalie in the box. Krause is leading the team with eight goals this season.

Hanna Trzupek, Staff Writer

After a four-game skid, the boy’s soccer team has rebounded with a 3-0 victory over Lowell.

¨We know we can get better, we just have to keep getting better and play how the coaches tell us to,” Senior Josh Krause said.

So far, the Bucs have a 5-5-2 record.

“All we can do now is try to fix what we did wrong and fix our weaknesses…Coming to practice the next day and working harder,” Senior Zach Krause said.

Josh Krause is currently leading the team with nine goals, and is a captain along with his brother, Zach.

“It makes me feel good because that was a weak point of my game so seeing that goals are going in makes me feel like I’m improving,” Josh Krause said.

While he knows he plays an important role, he also said other players deserve recognition, too.

“Of course, goals are going to be shown, but [goalkeeper] Jaiden Alamaraz puts in work and keeps us in the game for the opportunity to score,” Josh said. “Same thing with David Maldonado. He has to run around the field and control midfield.”

As a captain, Josh Krause sees his role as helping keep other players motivated.

“I want to make sure everyone has fun while still getting better as a team and keeping the stress off of the coaches as much as possible,” he said.

Zach, who has four goals this season, also enjoys his role as a team captain.

“I want to be able to be that guy people can go to on and off the field and be looked up to as a leader,” he said.

On a personal level, he wants to keep scoring goals, and be the person people trust with the ball. He enjoys the chance to put the ball in the net.

“I get a really big adrenaline rush. You can be really tired, but you score a goal and it electrifies you,” he said.

The soccer team started the season with several wins, including becoming co-champions of the Hoosier Cup in Bloomington. Though they’ve had challenges, especially injuries, they continue to push on.
“Injuries are a part of the game and it all depends on how you deal with it and how you keep moving,” coach Brian Past said.

Coach Past said several players have stepped up to help fill in the gaps.

“I have been really impressed with Senior Ryan Gonazalez. He plays pretty much any position and even played goalie when Jaiden got hurt in the game against Kankakee,” Coach Past said.

“Another player is Hunter Frangis who plays defense well for us, [along with] Freshman Matthew Maldonado.”
Past also complimented Jovanni Martinez for his play on offense.