Soccer - Varsity Boys
The Catlin Gabel Boys Soccer Program is among the state's oldest programs, and several times a state champion, having won most recently in 2010. Because we play on our own Gant-Davis Field, a spacious, pristine natural grass pitch, we focus on a possession game that prizes skill, vision, and combination play. Throughout the program, hallmarks include cultivating a positive team spirit, good sportsmanship, individual resilience and dogged competitiveness. In a school without American Football, soccer is at the center of school spirit, with a yearly highlight being the Homecoming game under the lights in front of a large crowd of students, parents, friends, and alumni.
The 2016 Boys Varsity captured the 3A State Championship, going undefeated with an 18-0-1 record (and 44-4-4 over 3 years). The Eagles outscored opponents 125-7, with both numbers being the best in the state. The team’s ability to score goals in bunches through quick passing was its hallmark trait, and they only trailed in a match for 2 minutes during the entire season. 8 Eagles scored 7 or more goals, and 4 players logged 9 or more assists, a testament to the breadth of talent and team ethos. Defensively, they achieved 13 clean sheets, and only conceded more than a goal once (a 2-goal affair), a testament to their thorough commitment to work as a defensive unit. Perhaps most satisfying were the emphatic 9-0 Homecoming victory in front of a huge, roaring fan base, some superb performances during the playoffs, and the sportsmanship that the team sustained throughout their careers. District First Team Honors went to Charley W. ’17 (Player of the Year), Ben K-H ’17 (Runner-Up Player of the Year), and Fritz F. ’18, while Second Team Honors were garnered by Ben K. ’18 and Keegan K. ’18, with Luke VB ’18 as Honorable Mention. We lose 9 Seniors but retain a robust nucleus, including 6 returning starters.