By Kyle Daubs
In an unlikely year, it was an unlikely season for the Charleston High School boys soccer team.
For the first time since 1993, the team finished its soccer season with a losing record after a 6-8-4 year, which also included a 3-7-4 mark in the Apollo Conference. Combined with the fact that the team graduated 47 of the team’s 57 goals from last year, it could be a long rebuild than planned.
Sophomore Emilio Pucheta returns as the team’s leading scorer at seven.
“The goal is to get back on the winning track,” said Pucheta. “It’s going to be hard since we lost six seniors from last year that contributed a lot to some of the wins. We will be a young team with three juniors and the rest being mainly the sophomore class.”
The team lost First-Team All-Apollo selection Blake Garrett, who was also the team’s leader in goals. Charleston also lost Eugene Ohba (12 goals) and Carter Gordon (11 goals).
Garrett also led the team in assists with 11. Pucheta said that since the season ended in May, the team has gathered for scrimmages, but it still feels like their season just ended.
“It feels super fast,” said Pucheta. “I don’t think it’s bad though because we will be fresh going into the new season.”
Charleston will look to avoid its first back-to-back losing seasons since the program started. From 1986-1991, Charleston recorded six straight losing seasons before turning the team into a regular contender.
Many of the current athletes would have no recollection of those times, but it doesn’t mean that they are content with losing.
“It bothers us, but it will push us to strive towards a winning season,” said Pucheta