In November, fall sports teams finish their playoff runs while winter sports teams practice for their upcoming seasons. The soccer program this year is one of the fall sports that featured nice crowds coming out, with big support. As well as having a solid senior core.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team had a strong season finishing with a record of 12-4-3(Wins-Loss’-Draws) in DII, only to lose to Lake Catholic in the District Finals by one. The girls team has always been a dominant one, especially winning the State Championship in the 2015 season. Chemistry on the team remains very high. Annie Greene, a 2019 graduate who plays outside forward said, “For me, being able to say that my best friends were my teammates was my favorite part. Throughout my four years at Gilmour, I can say that the friendships I have made through soccer will stay with me forever.”
Girls Varsity Soccer sticks together off the field, which likely helps improve their playing on the turf through team chemistry. Greene also has some advice for the juniors and underclassmen of the team: “Be confident in who you are and who you are as a player. Always remember to pick each other up and play as a team!” Greene has committed to play at Northern Kentucky University.
The Boys Varsity Soccer team finished the season with a record of 7-7-3 also in DII. The team lost in the Sectional Finals by penalty kicks after going into a double overtime. The team was a younger squad, so competition was harder, and hopes for the future are brighter. Spirits were high for the boys this year especially for Vinny Catanese. A 2019 graduate that played in the backfield, who is coming off of an ACL injury from last winter. Catanese enjoyed his comeback.
He said, “Coming back was amazing. I was told I would not be back until the end of the playoffs. I made it back in two weeks shy of six months which was pretty cool. Just being out there with my teammates was a great feeling. I was happy to do whatever I could for the guys.”
Catanese also kicked on the football team in addition to playing alongside soccer teammate Max Mendels (‘19). With a full recovery, Catanese plans to be on the baseball field this spring for his senior season. The Boys Soccer team is also looking good for its future seasons with the amount of underclassmen talent.
Catanese has offered some advice for the boys: “Stick together and push each other to be better. You have a bright future with a good freshman class and a strong sophomore class. I know you juniors will lead this team far and well, take care you guys. You should be great in the future.”