2018 Men’s Soccer Senior Day
By Alina Yamin
Northside honored the men’s soccer seniors on Oct. 11. This year, the team celebrated fifteen seniors: Charlie Swan, Adv. 905, Campbell O’Connor, Adv. 903, Corey Schneck, Adv. 909, Jack Mullen, Adv. 906, Dino Konstantinidis, Adv. 908, Harry Page. Adv. 903, Adrian Garces, Adv. 900, Casey Cancilla, Adv. 911, Ian Shimandle, Adv. 901, Ikena Elue, Adv. 909, Alex Chavez, Adv. 900, Mohammad Lotfi, Adv. 901, Max Dolinsky, Adv. 910, Steve Jaimes, Adv. 911, and Breon Price, Adv. 908.
On the morning of senior day, the seniors enjoyed donuts and were given t-shirts designed by their team. The senior day theme, picked by the juniors and underclassmen on the team, was superheroes. Each senior was assigned a superhero that their teammates felt best represented them. Mullen said, “I really liked the theme. You know, as a freshman, sophomore, and junior you never really appreciate the shirts as much, but as a senior having your last hoorah, you really take those shirts to heart to remember your teammates.”
The senior day game was played on the Northside field against the Latin School of Chicago. The game was physical and competitive. In the first half, Northside started off strong and scored the first goal. Latin soon tied the game and then scored again. In the second half, Garces scored a penalty goal, which was then countered with another goal from Latin. In the last few minutes, the game got so intense that Northside’s Swan became emotional toward a referee and received a red card, which prohibited him from coming back into the game. However, even with Swan out, Garces managed to score again from an assist from Collin Brennan, Adv. 005, ending the game in a tie, 3-3.
This game is just one example of the men’s soccer team excellent performance. For the last few years, Northside’s men’s soccer team, with many of this year’s seniors at its core, have been outstanding. They have won their conference in league play for the past two years, moving from second division to first division to premier, and competing with the elite soccer programs all around the city. When asked about the seniors’ contribution to Northside soccer and the future of the team, Swan, one of the team’s captains, said, “Over the last two years, we’ve brought the men’s soccer program up to the top conference by winning the conference tournament every season. The guys next year are going to have to face some pretty tough opponents, but I think we’ve left behind a standard for the team where everyone is expected to work hard and play their best. I know next year’s team will be filled with guys who will carry that on and have a lot of success, and also a lot of fun.”
Together, this group of seniors also created many memories off the field. Schneck says, “I think that over these past two years and especially this year, I have become very close to my teammates. So much so that they are no longer just my teammates but also my family. I’ll never forget the two times we beat Payton and regained the hydrant (the trophy that is given to the winner of the annual game between during both the men’s and women’s soccer seasons).”
Schneck is also the only goalie on the team. When asked about his goalie experience, he said, “My freshmen year I switched to playing goalie halfway through the season. Ever since then, I have worked nonstop to improve my game. Last year I received coaching for the first time ever and this year I took on the mantle of being the team’s only goalkeeper. I formed great chemistry with my defenders and thoroughly enjoyed protecting our goal as a unit.”
This year’s seniors have led the most successful two years in Northside men’s soccer history. Northside will truly miss these talented, accomplished, and charismatic group of young men.