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The Suburbanite
  • Polar Bears look to rebound from early woes

  • After what felt like a slow preseason, the Jackson boys soccer team turned things around to jump to a 6-0 season start.

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  • Starting off the season right can seem challenging for a team.
    The combination of school and athletics can be a stressor for athletes and adjusting to the beginning of the season may seem tiresome.
    Learning to cope through the early season was no different for the Jackson boys’ soccer team, as they struggled in a pre-season’s scrimmage against Hoban.
    “Pre-season was kind of a struggle,” senior captain Grant Slovan said. “Our first scrimmage we lost and I think that was an eye-opener for us that we needed to work harder.”
    Head coach Mike Biros saw it, too.
    “I am not sure if we were exactly playing well in the beginning,” Biros said. “ We needed to increase defensive awareness and do better on our scoring.”
    Adjusting to the game may take a game or two, but once a team learns the ways of working together, winning can seem easier with everyone sharing the same common goal.
    “You are looking at a group of kids that have been playing together since they were 8-years-old,” Biros said. “They know each other like brothers and that is how they handle themselves sometimes. They are focused and they are out there for each other and they need each other to get it done.”
    WINNING STREAK
    After the shaky start to their pre-season, the Jackson soccer boys regrouped.
    Working together, the team came into the season with a focused attitude.
    Four weeks into the season, the boys managed to make a name for themselves; setting a seven game winning streak and earning a sixth place state ranking.
    “It feels really good to win,” senior caption Carter Billete said. “It is important for us to be confident but, at the same time, we have to stay focused and not lose sight of what is important. We need to meet and succeed expectations every time we go out on the field.”
    BIG PICTURE
    Although the polar bears have already gained success this season, coach Biros and his team are staying focused on the big picture and the goal gaining back the Federal League Championship and state title.
    “Ultimately, right now, our focus is getting our Federal League championship back and preparing ourselves for the big tournament,” Biros said.” We are a little bummed last year about not winning the finals, so we know we have to show up every night and give it our best because we know the other teams are going to do the same.”
    Billete and Slovan have their own goals for the season.
    “We are looking forward to playing against Hoover because we lost to them last year and we were unable to win the federal league so that is going to be a big game,” Billete said. … I just know when I’m done, I want to be able to look back and say I did everything I was able to do to make this team better.”
    Page 2 of 2 - With a driven team of brothers and a confident attitude, Jackson soccer hopes for the best.
    “They have been committed from an early age and have been playing together for such a long time,” Biros said. “I would love to see them come together and make this a special season.”