Great Oak is the reigning Southwestern League Boys Soccer Champions. They finished last season 16-1-1 and were unbeaten in league play with a perfect 10-0 record. This year’s team is off to a slower start as they find themselves 3-2 as they head for the Christmas break.
The Wolfpack has beaten Elsinore 4-0, Fallbrook 1-0 and Perris 4-1. They have lost to Lakeside 1-0 and Paloma Valley 3-2. Their first league game is against Murrieta Valley on January 14.
“Our biggest challenge this year will be how well, and how fast, we can mesh or gel as a team” said Great Oak coach Jeremiah Marquez. “We graduated 7 big time players that brought experience to last years team. This year we are a bit younger and inexperienced”.
The top players on the team are Striker Jack Richins, Defender Cole Drechsler and Midfielder Chris Le. “Our boys play an active style of soccer” said Marquez. “We look to play on the ground as much as possible. Most of our back line has returned, so this is our strongest line on the field”.
The Wolfpack has the talent to repeat as league champs. “We are looking to continue on the path of excellence this year” said Marquez. “We are striving to defend our league title. If we are able to make the playoffs, our goal is to get out of the first round successfully. We have had a problem with that the last few years”.
Great Oak likes to play as many upper classmen as they can. “One of our big goals every year is to get our seniors as much exposure as possible to fulfill their collegiate aspirations” added the coach. It doesn’t matter if the boys want to play at the next level or not, we push all our boys to continue their education”.
Mark your calendars and be sure to catch some great high school soccer action when the Wolfpack travels to MVHS to open league play.