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Boys soccer prepares for the upcoming season

Team undergoes reconstruction
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The anticipation for the upcoming 2023-2024 soccer season for the boys intensifies. The boys’ team kicks off their preseason, diligently assembling a new team and gearing up for the imminent challenges that lie ahead.

One varsity team will take the field, under the leadership of head coaches Jacob Bynum and assistant coach Sergio Venegas, supported by goalie trainer Zach Aguirre. Despite the departure of many seniors from the previous year, several graduates have returned to contribute as coaches. Jakob Rieker, a returning alumnus, assumes the role of interim assistant coach, while Carson Gray serves as the unofficial athletic trainer.

Andrew Scully ’23 plays wing offense.

Seniors Andres Fierro and Boomer Mericle step into pivotal roles as this year’s captains. With many players having graduated, there’s a rebuilding phase underway, and the team is looking to fill key leadership positions. Both captains lead the team from the back, as defensive center-backs. Fierro, the newly-appointed head team captain and the previous season’s MVP, reflects on his newfound leadership role.

“Being the captain is a challenge, considering that I’m not used to being seen as the guy you should look at,” said Fierro.

Captain Boomer Mericle shares his thoughts on the upcoming season.

Samuel Rieker plays offence, and all around.
Samuel Rieker, ’25, plays all around the pitch.

“Last year was a bit of a setback in the books. We didn’t participate in any tournaments and landed in 7th place in the NW Sequoia League,” said Mericle. “Rebounding from the loss of crucial seniors is always a challenge, but our coach remains persistent.”

Despite the setbacks, Mericle holds optimistic expectations for the team’s performance this year. He is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to mentor and guide the underclassmen, fostering a positive environment for growth and improvement.

Last year, the team garnered numerous high honors, surpassing previous records.

Honors:

Jakob Rieker – First Team All-League, Eagle Award

Samuel Rieker – Defensive Player of the Year 

Theron Myers – Newcomer of the Year 

Boomer Mericle – Newcomer of the Year 

Andres Fierro – Most Valuable Player 

Daman Dhillon – Defensive Player of the Year 

Andrew Scully – Offensive Player of the Year 

 

“This is undeniably a rebuilding year,” Jacob “Jake” Christensen said. “With new players, new leadership, and a different formation with shifted positions, it’s going to be a challenging year, especially with many of our players graduating last season. But we’re prepared for the challenge.”

This resilient mindset encapsulates the spirit of the FC boys soccer team.

Their first game will be on November 13, Monday at Clovis East.

Schedule for the Season:

November

  • 13 MON 3:30 PM (PST) at Clovis East 
  • 15 WED 6:00 PM (PST) at Kingsburg High School
  • 21 TUE 3:00 PM (MST) vs. Nipomo High School 
  • 28 TUE 5:00 PM (MST) at San Joaquin Memorial
  • 30 THU 3:00 PM (MST) vs. Firebaugh High 

December

  • 14 THU 6:00 PM (MST) at Morro Bay High School 
  • 15 FRI 5:00 PM (MST) at Templeton High School 
  • 16 SAT 10:00 AM (MST) at Coast Union 
  • 19 TUE 4:30 PM (MST) at Washington Union High 
  • 21 THU 5:00 PM (MST) vs. Woodlake High school 

January

  • 3 WED 4:30 PM (MST) vs. Dos Palos High School 
  • 12 FRI 6:00 PM (MST) vs. Caruthers High School 
  • 16 TUE 5:45 PM (MST) @ Parlier High School 
  • 18 THU 3:30 PM (MST) @ Laton High School 
  • 19 FRI 3:30 PM (MST) @Yosemite High School 
  • 23 TUE 4:45 PM (MST) @ Fowler High School 
  • 26 FRI 6:00 PM (MST) vs. Riverdale High School
  • 30 TUE 5:00 PM (MST) vs. Minarets Fresno Christian 

February

  • 2 FRI 6:00 PM (MST) @ Liberty Madera High School 
  • 6 TUE 4:45 PM (MST) vs. Chowchilla High 
  • 8 THU 6:00 PM (MST) @ Sierra High School

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First-year journalist Chloe McDonald, ‘24, is excited to begin her writing journey with The Feather Online. Chloe values teamwork and helping the campus stay informed. Chloe enjoys art of all mediums and serving her school through leadership class, with all glory to God. In her free time, she can often be found painting, lifeguarding, or walking her dog.
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