Boys soccer concludes a successful, yet different, season


Photo Courtesy of BSM Boys' Soccer

Back in September, the BSM boys’ soccer team started preparing for their unusual season.

Colin Strauss, Staff Writer

This year’s BSM boys’ soccer season was unlike any other. Not only did they have to face the challenges of preparing for a soccer season, but they had to do it in a safe manner, while being as responsible as they could with COVID.

But the soccer team didn’t let all those challenges affect them negatively. BSM finished with a 8-2 record in the regular season, placing them second in their conference. “The season had its ups and downs, but ultimately was successful. We had a positive record and were close to winning our conference and section.” Senior Captain Nick Burlage said in an email interview.

One of the reasons why that record is so impressive is because the team had COVID to deal with. Not only did they have to take safe requirements on the field, they also had to do so off the field as well. The team had distance learning, which created a bond for the players. “I am extremely impressed by the commitment this group of guys had to the team throughout the season. They focused on taking as many safety precautions to guarantee that we would have a season,” Burlage said.

COVID also ended many of the team’s traditions and off the field highlights. “Due to COVID, we were unable to have traditional team events such as our trip to Duluth, eating at Super Moon Buffet, and pregame meetings in Coach Platt’s room. Instead, we would have most team events outdoors and hold pregame meetings in the band room at school,” Burlage said.

The boy’s season ended with a disappointing loss to Blake in sections. But there is a lot of potential in this team in the future. “Another thing that stands out to me about this team is the young talent it brings. By the end of the season there were 14 boys in grades 9-11 on the roster. Those younger guys have experience and will positively lead the program in the future,” Burlage said.