By: Ryan Kendrick
The Seton-La Salle Boy’s Soccer Team wants to be recognized as having one thing; a legacy. Over the past 13 seasons, they have boasted a record of 226-48-9, with 10 section titles, 12 WPIAL Playoff appearances, 5 WPIAL Championships, 9 PIAA Playoff appearances, and 2 state titles. Needless to say, they are good.
They are currently coached by Ryan Kelly, a 2003 graduate who played for the soccer team. In his career at Seton-La Salle, he scored 46 goals, was an all-section and section player of the year, and captained the first team to win both a section and WPIAL title. This year, the possibilities seem endless for the Rebels, being tied for second place with 4 games left in the season, anything is possible.
One thing that makes this team special from years past, is that they are the first team since 2002 that doesn’t have a WPIAL Championship winner playing for them. Kelly says that because of that, “This team is hungrier than any team in the past.” It seems that this mentality isn’t only for the coach, but also the captains.
Senior Leo Wilson, a starter since his sophomore year, thinks that “The sky really is the limit. I believe that if we fulfill that potential, we will see ourselves in Hershey in early November; but, there still is a lot of work that has to be done to get to that point.”
It is early in the season, but the program is already showing signs of greatness. There were questions on how well the team would function having two Freshman starters, Kellen Krebs and Dom Viskovicz, but they have yet to skip a beat. Senior Captain Brandon Benedetti, another 3 year starter, believes that teamwork really does make the dream work. “Working together as a team can take you a long way in any sport, and as long as we can walk off of the field after any game knowing that each individual person gave it their all, we will go a long way this season.”
With a new and improved lineup, the Rebels convincingly defeated rival Bishop Canevin in a 2-0 win Thursday, September 24, and Carlynton 5-1 on September 30, who were previously ranked first in section. Chris Stack scored four of those goals, Michael Allen added two more, and Kellen Krebs finished off the scoring with one.
For many teams, it is a dream to make PIAA playoffs, but the Rebels intend on making it a reality. Being tied for first place with 3 games left in the season, anything is possible. With the right work ethic, teamwork, and coaching, it appears that they will be a shoo-in. Not only will they be playing for themselves, but they will be playing for the program, further cementing it as a legacy.