Soccer eyes regional championship with new coach

Hannah Mason, co-sports editor

As the Titan soccer team hits the halfway point of their season with a record of 6-6-2, head coach Seong Bong Ha believes there has been a smooth transition into this season.

The team has had to adjust Ha being the new head coach and remaking the squad after graduating 17 seniors last year.

According to Ha, the transition has been easier due to his experience in coaching the women’s soccer team.

“Boys are different than girls in some aspects,” Ha said. “The way we prepare, the way I made the schedule [and] what we do in our programs are very, very similar. As I told other people it’s very important [that] whether it’s the boys or the girls to have a cohesive, similar philosophy amongst the two [teams].”

Ha also says that rebuilding the team has created a nice balance between the age groups.  There are currently 11 seniors, six juniors and five sophomores on the team.

According to senior captain Brian Tener, leadership is heightened since this season’s team only has four returning varsity players from last season. Tener says he is trying to lead by example in practices and games to assist the new members of the team.

“It [was] a learning experience at the start, a lot of kids [were] unsure where they [were] suppose to be,” Tener said.

Tener feels that beating Maine South 2-1 on Sep. 6 has been the team’s greatest victory this season. South trailed most of the game 0-1, but sophomore Grady Bruch scored two goals in two minutes to win the game.

“That was a huge accomplishment for the [returning varsity players], because the four of us lost to them in the playoffs last year,” Tener said.

Junior goalkeeper Perry Adamopoulos  believes the team’s recent adjustments will lead to a steady second half of their season.

“We’ve [come] a long way already,”Adamopoulos said. “Even though [we] are still maybe not even halfway [into the season], we still [have] improved a lot from what we started with.”

According to Ha, the team is aiming to be regional champions this season. Ha says in order to do that, South will have to face competitive opponents such as Waukegan, Evanston, Maine South and New Trier.

“I think being [regional champions] will go a long way for the program,” Ha said. “For the boys it doesn’t happen so often […] It’s not because Glenbrook South is not that good, it’s just we play really, really good [teams] and it’s difficult. So when you win a regional title with the boys, it means a lot.”

Upcoming games for Southinclude a home game against St. Patrick on Oct. 9 and on the road on Oct. 11 against Lake Forest. The teams playoffs begin Oct. 17.