SAC Champs Looking to End Sectional Drought

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

Last Tuesday, September 20, the Northrop boys’ soccer team clinched an undefeated season in SAC play with a 7-0 win over Bishop Luers.

“Winning the SAC championship was an amazing feeling,” says senior goalie, Nick Craghead. “This was just one of our goals, but we’re not done yet.”

Senior goalie, Nick Craghead kicks the ball down the field to his teammates. Northrop went 11-2-3 on the season (7-0 in SAC). Photo by Alex Alvarez.

Senior goalie, Nick Craghead kicks the ball down the field to his teammates. Northrop went 11-2-3 on the season (7-0 in SAC). Photo by Alex Alvarez.

After going 7-0 in conference play, the Bruins are now looking for their fourth sectional championship, and their first since 2008.

“We are dead set on accomplishing one goal: a sectional title,” says senior defender, Viktor Stjepic. “We plan to give it absolutely everything we have to bring home some hardware.”

Even with an eight year title drought, Northrop is the team to beat out of the SAC. Teams will come out ready to take them down.

“Being undefeated puts a target on our backs, so we need to be ready for every game we have left,” said Craghead.

The Bruins will have a tough first opponent in Canterbury, who has won every sectional since 2010. Even with what looks like a bumpy road to the finish, Northrop isn’t phased.

“We put in so much work together and it makes it hard for us to ever accept a loss,” said Stjepic.

What sets this Bruin squad apart is they are a family. Everyone gets along and is there for one another. Each player knows their role and is working towards the same goal.

“Winning SAC showed us hard work pays off, and it makes us want to work even harder to win sectionals,” said senior defender, Robbie Bakle.

Northrop will take on Canterbury at Canterbury today (October 3) at 6 p.m.

“We still have plenty to work on, but I’m more than confident we can get anything done,” said Stjepic.

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