A comprehensive view of boys’ varsity soccer rosters around the state will not typically reveal the presence of five sophomores and a freshman among active players.
And rarely will three of those sophomores play a significant role during their team’s first week of matches.
But that’s exactly what happened for Stagg last week. Sophomores Jeremy Atkinson, Tom Kulak and Matt Angellotti all contributed as the Chargers opened their 2014 season with victories over Whitney Young and Minooka and a tie against Thornton Fractional.
“I’m pretty content with how the first week went,” Stagg coach Mike Kealy said. “It’s a decent way to start, for sure. Of the five goals we scored, all of them were scored by our sophomores. I would say that is very positive for [both] the short and long term.
“Definitely not many teams have that many sophomores, and a freshman, on a varsity roster. At the same time we’re taking it one game at a time because we are definitely going to be tested in [upcoming] matches against some tough opponents.”
In a 2-2 draw with Thornton Fractional last Monday, Atkinson scored both of the Chargers’ goals. The second of those tallies came on a penalty kick with eight minutes left in regulation and briefly put Stagg in front.
The Chargers notched their first victory on Thursday by edging Young 1-0. Kulak notched the lone goal with four minutes to play and netminder Daniel Ciezobka registered eight saves for Stagg.