After having to replace six seniors from last year’s squad, there were doubts cast upon how successful the Everest Collegiate boys’ soccer team would fare in 2018. Three All-Catholic players and an All-State Honorable Mention player would be replaced with unproven, young talent. Those doubts were cast aside as the Everest Collegiate boys’ soccer team completed a successful run in the Catholic League, finishing in second place. This marks consecutive seasons in which the team has been runner-up, a first in program history. They finished with a league record of 5-3, behind eventual undefeated champion Shrine.
The team was led all season by senior captain and goalkeeper Shane Dolan. He had three league shutouts and also scored his first career goal as a field player earlier in the year. The defensive unit was led by juniors Alexander Earnhardt and Matthew Stafford. They, along with first year starters Johnny Morrison and Sawyer Arbogast, formed a formidable line of defense for Catholic League opponents. Offensively, the team was led in goals by junior captain Fernando Caccia, but saw major contributions from junior Luke Thewes and freshman Lucas Cross. Juniors Jack Cross and Eduardo Dominguez and sophomore Anthony Felix controlled play in the midfield and set the aggressive tone that epitomized Everest’s games.
The team will continue to prepare for MHSAA playoffs with non-league games against Lutheran Northwest and Novi Franklin Road Christian this week. Everest Collegiate will host a district playoff game Monday, October 15, at 7:00 P.M. vs. Novi Franklin Road Christian. Come and support the team on their quest to the school’s first district title. Go Mountaineers!