Soccer Tryouts


Ashley Olenkiewicz, Former Writer

Girl’s Soccer

Do you love soccer? Do you love your high school? Maybe soccer is one of your favorite pastimes or perhaps a lifelong dedication. Whatever the case may be, soccer tryouts are your opportunity to combine the two and join the Porter High School Girls’ Soccer team!

There are only four more weeks until tryouts. They begin on Monday, November 30, the first day after Thanksgiving break, and will continue through Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2. Results will be posted on the outside of the door of classroom M105.

“I am anxious for the season to begin because of the really great talents we have this year, from all grade levels,” Head Coach Luis Valle said. “While we do have younger players, the most important thing is that everyone is working cohesively as a team. Through focused training and drills, the team has progressed immensely in their physical condition, speed, and ball control.”

Valle and his team believe this progress will translate to wins on the field.

“I have a lot of confidence that our team will do a good job.We are working towards our main priority, to make it to the playoffs and advance. I know they are improving because it can be seen in their results. Every week our players are improving their Pacer Test scores,” Coach Valle said.

If you feel like a great fit for the team, remember that you must have a physical evaluation form by a physician on file, cleats and shin guards, and be present at the tryouts after school on the grass fields.

The soccer captain, Citlali Martinez, is optimistic about the season.

“This year I am looking forward to having a great season with my team,” Martinez said. I feel that this year we can accomplish many good things through all the work we put in everyday!”

Boy’s Soccer

For those looking to participate, boys soccer tryouts are being held Monday, November 30th. According to Paul Kunkel, Boy’s Head Soccer Coach, students must be prepared to run a six-minute mile after school. Prospects should be prepared for a challenging selection process followed shortly after by the start of the season.

“Season begins the Monday following Thanksgiving,” Kunkel said. “Our first scrimmage is December 14 followed by the 18th and then we have actual games and tournaments starting in January.”

Students who are willing to try out will have to be passing all their classes or else you won’t be able to try out.

“To even try out you have to pass all classes, it’s similar to a no pass, no play kind of thing.” Kunkel said.

Those expectations extend out of the classroom and onto the field.

“We expect to make the playoffs,” Kunkel said. “We want to make a deep run. We want to make it to the state tournament, which should be everyone’s goal.”

The hard work has clearly paid off for many students who have improved to meet the standards set by Coach Kunkel and Coach McDougald.

“Out of the 63 who were in the period, 61 made it… a freshman last year ran a 7:30, this year as a sophomore they ran a 5:42,” Kunkel said. “This says a lot to the testament of their hard work.”