Kicking off the season
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Picture by Patty Tallman as showcased on sports.guerincatholic.org
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The Guerin Catholic boys soccer team squares off with rival Brebeuf Jesuit tomorrow night (Saturday, August 25) in a game that could very well be the determining factor in who will earn the conference championship. The Golden Eagles took the only meeting between the two teams last season, winning in shutout fashion (2-0) in a game played at IUPUI.
This season, however, the stakes are higher for the Golden Eagles. They lost many impactful seniors from the 2017 team, resulting in a need for several players without varsity experience to step up. These players include first-year starter Aiden Perhacs (Jr) who will be in the net tomorrow for the biggest game of his varsity career thus far.
Saturday’s contest will mark Aidan’s second appearance in a varsity Circle City Conference game. His first was against Heritage Christian in which he played a pivotal role in the team’s 2-1 overtime win.
Perhacs notes the significance of playing games against conference foes stating, “It makes the games mean more to us and all those in the program.”
A rivalry game, like playing Brebeuf, especially makes the games mean more. He knows every game matters. Repeating as conference champions will be a tall task, especially with the loss of last year’s senior leadership. Perhacs knows he and others need to step up.
“I think it’s pretty important to step into a leadership role, not only for myself but all the upperclassman. We need to be leaders so the younger guys can be leaders in the future.”
The Golden Eagles will enter tomorrow night’s contest with a 1-2 record and will be without star player Ethan Thornburg who picked up two yellow cards in Thursday night’s game against Fishers. With major Circle City Conference title implications on the line, the game is sure to live up to the hype. Ultimately, the goal for the season, as Perhacs notes is to, “Win the Sectional final,” a task the Golden Eagles fell just short of last season.