2018-2019 Varsity Boys Soccer

 2018 Boys Soccer

Coaches:  Aaron Blessing (Head Coach); Ian Kelly (JV), James McConnell (Goolkeeper Trainer), Kismet Morrison (JV Asst.)

Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Clayton Brown
Luc Cesar
Drew Coram
Michael Ewing
Donovan Harrison
Daniel Herrera
Max Higgins
Cortlandt Kalkstein
Elijah Lawson
Connor Scheiman
Octavio Serrano Soliz
Dakota Stalter
Eduardo Vasquez
Jaalen Watson
Blake White

David Anderson-Penn
Quincy Armstrong
Anjelo Flores
Elias Fuentes
James Herring
Gabriel Araujo-Lage
Mitchell Wyrick
Yuitzen Zimbron

Bowen Huang
Guilherme Miranda
Vinicius Vallim
Adam Behny
Sterling Brackett
Brennon Durham
Cole Scheiman
Caleb Smith
Bryan Stoltzfus
Ethan Zackschewski

Enrique Aguado
Domasco Esteve

Kieran Morrison
Sean Ryals
Andrew Stalter

Aaron Galles
Tyler Hubbard

Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 9 Zionsville Scrimmage (T) 6:00 pm  
Aug. 14 Eastern (V/JV) (H) 5:00/6:30 (L) 3-1
The Wildkats went into halftime down 1-0, but had a significant advantage in possession and shots. The Comets doubled their lead just after halftime though, and a third goal 17 minutes later put the Comets up 3-0.

Junior midfielder Quincy Armstrong brought the Wildkats back within two on a nice finish with five minutes to play which closed out the scoring.

Senior Daniel Herrera proved to be a consistent threat each time he touched the ball from his wide midfielder position and is the man of the match.
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Aug. 16 Western (H) (V/JV) 5:00/6:00 Weather postponement
Aug. 18 Muncie Central (T) (JV/V) 11/12:30 (W) 8-0
The Wildkats were led in scoring by junior midfielder Gabriel Araujo-Lage with a hat trick (three goals), but he was supported by goals from junior forwards Quincy Armstrong (one goal), Anjelo Flores (two goals), and Elias Fuentes (one goal). Senior midfielder Daniel Herrera notched a goal, and senior captain and midfielder Connor
Scheiman notched two assists on the day. Junior goalkeeper Yuitzen Zimbron recorded the first clean sheet of the season and of his career, recording six saves.
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Aug. 23 Northwestern (H) (V/JV) 5:00/6:30 (W) 6-1
The Wildkats scored their first goal off an amazing combination between forwards Quincy Armstrong (a junior with two assists on the night) and Octavio Serrano-Soliz (a senior with one goal and one assist on the night).

Going into the half tied 1-1, the Wildkats did not waste time scoring the go ahead goal in the second half. Senior defender Luc Cesar (one goal on the night), passed to senior Connor Scheiman from his own penalty area, sprinted 70 yards, and
scored the go ahead goal!

The Wildkats built on their 2-1 lead with goals by senior midfielder Daniel Herrera, junior forward Elias Fuentes, junior forward Anjelo Flores, and freshman Kieran Morrison. Junior midfielder Gabriel Araujo-Lage added an assist, and junior
goalkeeper Yuitzen Zimbron and senior goalkeeper Max Higgins combined to allow one goal and record 11 saves.

Serrano-Soliz proved to be a consistent threat each time he touched the ball from his forward position and is the man of the match.
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Aug. 25 Harrison (H) (JV/V) 11/12:30 (W) 3-2
The Wildkats hosted conference rival and defending state and conference champion Harrison Saturday, and defeated the Raiders 3-2 in a tight, competitive match. This season, roles between the two programs have been reversed as the Raiders graduated 15 players from a squad that won the state title in 2017 and were state runners-up in 2016. The Wildkats boast a roster this season which includes 15 seniors, many of whom had
never, until yesterday, defeated the Raiders in a regular season match.
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Aug. 28 West Lafayette (H) (JV/V) 5:30/7:00 (T) 3-3
Aug. 30 Hamilton Heights (T) (JV/V) 5:30/7:00 (W) 3-1
Sept. 4 McCutcheon (H) (JV/V) 5:30/7:00 (L) 2-0
Sept. 6 Ham. Southeastern (H) (JV/V) 5:30/7:00 Weather cancellation
Sept. 11 Logansport (T) (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 (L) 3-1
Sept. 15 Marion (T) (JV/V) 11/12:30 (W) 3-2 OT
Sept. 18 Laf.Jeff (T) (JV/V) 5:30/7:00 Lafayette Jeff 0, Kokomo 0 OT (Lafayette Jeff wins PK shootout 4-3) The Wildkats traveled to Lafayette Jeff, hoping to start another unbeaten
streak, but were unable to do so.

Despite outshooting their opponent 27-7 and generating 16 corner kicks while dominating possession throughout the match, the Bronchos netminder made the final decisive save of Luc Cesar’s shot from the spot to give Jeff their only conference victory of the season.

The Wildkats created numerous chances, and even had a goal called off with six minutes to play in regulation before being forced to go to overtime.
Junior strikers Gabriel Araujo-Lage and Quincy Armstrong combined for 18 shots, the majority of which were on frame, on the night, but both came up empty.

In the PK session, senior Daniel Herrera’s shot was saved by the Jeff keeper, while seniors Blake White and Octavio Serrano-Soliz and Araujo-Lage  knocked theirs in to deadlock the teams at 3-3 penalty kicks scored apiece. The fifth Jeff shooter beat junior goalkeeper Yuitzen Zimbron, and Cesar’s final shot was saved to end the match and send the Wildkats to their fourth defeat of the season.
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Sept. 22 NCC Tournament (H) TBD Kokomo 9, Richmond 1
In a season where one goal scored or saved has made a significant difference between a win, tie, or loss, the Wildkats left no doubt about the outcome of the match from the first whistle at the final
conference match of the season.

Senior midfielder Daniel Herrera notched a hat trick in less than five minutes to open up a 3-0 against the Richmond Red Devils who never truly posed a threat to the Wildkats.

Later in the first half, after being awarded a corner kick, junior forward Elias Fuentes sent his corner directly into the goal for a 4-0 lead, and senior center back Luc Cesar’s free kick from 35 yards out
closed out the scoring in the Wildkat barrage in the first half.

In the second stanza the Wildkats continued to add to their total while allowing only one goal. Juniors Anjelo Flores and Gabriel Araujo-Lage and seniors Michael Ewing and Elijah Lawson each tacked on a goal to close out the scoring. Ewing also added one

The Wildkats finished ninth in the NCC standings, but recorded a conference record of 4-3 and now stand, with one match to play, at 6-4-1 on the season.

The man of the match was Herrera.
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Sept. 26 Western (H) (V/JV) 5:00 (W) 5-1
Oct. 2,4,6,7 Sectional   Kokomo 3 - Harrison 0
After the Harrison keeper turned away a few Wildkat opportunities, junior forward Anjelo Flores found Armstrong on a diagonal run, and Quincy was off to the races. Armstrong beat two defenders along the right flank and slotted home the opening goal at the 30-minute mark.

After the half, the Wildkats again stymied the Harrison attack, and created several more opportunities. After a handball in the Harrison penalty box, Flores notched a penalty kick toward the lower left corner to make it 2-0 Kokomo. Minutes later, Herrera closed out the goal scoring by pouncing on a ball crossed into the Harrison area which was not cleared away.

Junior goalkeeper Yuitzen Zimbron earned the victory and kept the clean sheet while the back line of Bryan Stoltzfus, Luc Cesar, Cortlandt Kalkstein, Donovan Harrison, Clayton Brown, and Elijah Lawson was solid throughout. In particular, Stoltzfus cut out pass after pass from his wide back position and is the Man of the Match.
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McCutcheon 2 - Kankakee Valley 0
McCutcheon 3 - Kokomo 2
Lafayette Jeff 2 - Logansport 0
McCutcheon 1 - Lafayette Jeff 0
Season Review:

Though the season ended before anyone of us wanted it to, we are proud of the program’s positive culture which our players worked incredibly hard to help establish over the past 12 months. In particular, our seniors were instrumental in guiding our program in a positive direction.

While the varsity finished with a record of 8-5-1 and the junior varsity finished with a record of 5-2-2, establishing the Kokomo Boys Soccer Wildkat Way proved to be our greatest accomplishment, an accomplishment marked by:

Improved communication between team members: A large part of this development came about because the boys showed genuine care for and respect towards one another on a consistent basis. We gathered together as a team often. One of the new initiatives started this fall was the inclusion of a guest speaker who addressed our program before all home matches. We would like to thank the following individuals for their words of inspiration before we took the field:

Idowu Ikudabo
Bob Wonnell
Dan Adams
Sean Cameron
Cari Richards
Jason Spear

Each of these Kokomo Greats inspired our players and coaching staff moments before kickoff, and we are grateful to you for the time invested in us.

Improved confidence: Senior co-captain Blake White mentioned immediately after our state-tournament loss that this season marked a change in attitude. We went into each match confident that we could earn a positive result, and more often than not, we did.

Improved team atmosphere: From the bonfire hosted by the Scheiman family at the start of the season to the team meals we ate together before every home match, the players, managers, and coaches worked hard to develop a positive environment for all those involved with our program.

As the post-season concludes this weekend, several Wildkats will be honored for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom, and we will recognize those players at our banquet on November 1 at KHS.

Finally, hats off to our seniors. They were given the keys to the program at the start of the season, and their impact on our culture was positive:

Class of 2019
Max Higgins / Donovan Harrison / Connor Scheiman – Captain / Clayton Brown / Blake White – Captain / Daniel Herrera / Eduardo Vazquez / Michael Ewing / Drew Coram / Octavio Serrano-Soliz / Cortlandt Kalkstein – Captain / Jaalen Watson / Luc Cesar / Dakota Stalter / Elijah Lawson / Sean Childers – Manager Emeritus

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