Dunlap Eagles Boys Soccer Fall to Morton in Sectional Semi-Finals


Abby Banister

The Dunlap Eagles boys soccer team ended their season on a great note this past Wednesday in the sectional semifinals, with a record of 13-7-4.


After falling to Morton in the sectional semifinals with a score of 3-1, the soccer boys reflected on their past season, finishing with 13 wins, seven ties, and four losses.


“We learned the importance of understanding each other this season,” says Hudson Hazlewood, a senior captain and center midfielder, “The difference became night and day when we supported our teammates.”


Ben Schellenberg, a senior captain and defender, agreed that this was one of their biggest strengths, saying, “The best part is learning and growing with each other. You learn to trust your teammates, and their success is your success.”


“Morton made adjustments to counteract their loss at conference. When we hit them with a similar game, they were ready,” Hazelwood went on to explain.


Despite the abrupt ending, the team still has a great season to look back on. All the players agreed that one of the best memories from the season was when they traveled to Burlington, Iowa for three tournaments.


Nick Cenek, a sophomore forward, says, “It was a turning point for all of us. We all started to click on and off the field and it was a great team bonding experience.”


For the eight seniors, this was their last high school soccer game.


Mr. Rose, the boys soccer coach, who celebrated his 200th win when the boys won conference against Morton earlier in the season, said, “I really like to see players grow over the years. Starting as freshmen and growing not only as soccer players, but as individuals as they age.”


The team had many positives that came from this season and leave the field with heads held high. They accomplished multiple goals they had set earlier in the season, including winning regionals and conference.


Cenek says, “Obviously we aren’t thrilled with how our season ended, but there are a lot of positives to take away. We’re not satisfied. We’ll be back.”