At Apex High on September 25th, when the scoreboard screamed victory for the 2015 Varsity CAT Soccer team, Cougar Crazies swarmed the field in a triumphant frenzy. Senior Sean McMurray recalls “pure ecstasy”, and “completely amazement” in the moment that the team conquered the cup. The boys sprinted to centerfield, “dog [piling] on Corey [Vodicka] because he had an incredible game”.
After the Wake County Cup, Senior Cole Pena prophesized that the team would “possibly win Conference”. This proved true at the completion of their regular season, with a final defeat of Middle Creek. CAT Soccer Varsity finished their regular season last Thursday with 19 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. Senior Josh Foss explained that “the captains set four goals at the beginning of the year; the first one being the Wake County Cup, second being Conference, and last one State Championships.” Achieving victory in the first two goals, the team will now attack playoffs, hoping for a possible State title in their future.
As we look forward towards playoffs, there is a difficult road ahead for the boys. A single defeat means that they’re out for the year. However, Senior Patrick Bailey fearlessly describes that “[They] are taking things game by game… and are ultimately capable of winning States”.
The extraordinary chemistry that the team has is undeniable. “We are a really tight group on and off the field and when we [play] you can know that the guy next to you is going to give 110%”, described Senior Matt Grieco. “This year really is different…every single person knows the other players’ strengths.”
Current Cougars, parents, and alumni alike: Come support your Jort-loving, game winning CAT Varsity Soccer Team in their fight for the State Title. Our boys have something different this year, and we all should be a part of it.