Soccer preview: New coach hopes for North turnaround
WHEATON – Already the head coach of the girls soccer team at Wheaton North, Tim McEvilly added to his duties by taking over the Falcons’ boys program.
He inherits a squad that has had its share of rough times in recent years, most specifically on the offensive end of the field.
A year ago, Wheaton North went 3-13-5 and suffered a host of close losses.
Most importantly, the squad was shut out on nine occasions.
This fall, the Falcons return a solid core who will be looking to turn around those fortunes.
The group is led by junior midfielder Dan Norton, who scored seven goals a year ago. Senior forward Jackson Duncan is back at forward after totaling three goals in 2012, while Aaron Deeke returns also returns at a midfield position. Juniors Ethan Taira and Zach Oslund bring experience to the defense.
“We have extraordinary speed and a high level of technical ability on the ball,” McEvilly said. “The team is also very cohesive despite the recent struggles.”
Improvement overall and within the DuPage Valley Conference is the goal. Wheaton North was 1-4-2 in league play last year.
“We need to get over the mental hurdle of difficult losses from the past,” the coach said. “I think we will get better as the season progresses and will surprise people with our potential and results.”
The Falcons began the season with a 2-1 loss to Stagg before beating St. Francis 4-0 behind goals from Duncan, Norton, Connor Ritchie and Zoran Tanasix.
Losses to Conant and Buffalo Grove followed before Wheaton North defeated Downers Grove North 3-2 on Saturday.