Seniors Stepping Up into the Spotlight


Casey Stover

Senior Axton Anom prepares to pass the ball down the field during a Sept. 6, 2022 against Belleville East.

Kody Moore, Staff writer

From scoring goals to blocking saves the Edwardsville Tigers are looking for revenge after a short postseason run that abruptly ended last fall.

Edwardsville Boys Soccer has started this season slower than others, dropping three of their first eight games. “It was a slow start to the season but we keep working to improve every day,” senior Axton Anom.

With the disappointing and surprising loss in overtime against O’Fallon last year, the team also said goodbye to many important players. The soccer team lost over 20 seniors from their team last year.

The extreme roster turnover causes the team to start off to a rocky start this year going 6-3 overall and 1-2 in-conference. The two losses came from rival Collinsville at home in a 2-0 loss on Aug 30. The other conference loss came in a 3-0 blowout on Sept. 6 against Belleville East Lancers.

Many upperclassmen will lose their confidence and composure after an extreme roster turnover like this. But, senior captain Tyler Dacus is confident with the underclassmen. “The young guys have done a good job of coming in and really stepping in,” Dacus said. 

As the beginning of the soccer season went by, the Edwardsville Boys are trying to return after an upsetting loss against rival O’fallon in last year’s playoff. The team has recently return a payback to O’Fallon in a 2-1 victory on Sept. 13

The slow start surprised many seniors who have only seen success at the varsity level. “We have transitioned from last year pretty well,” senior Owen Logan said. “A lot of seniors have stepped up and taken leadership.”