Bulldogs celebrate seniors at parent night
By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
Last Friday night, the Bulldog Varsity Soccer team enjoyed a pre-game celebration honoring players' parents and the team's eight seniors, before matching up with the Kennedy Cavaliers in District play.
Head Coach Clifton Tierney and Assistant Coach Stephen Young took center field as their players presented their parents with a rose and escorted them across the field while Jacob Raitz announced a personal message, written by Tierney for each senior.
Frank Lopez: "Frank has been one of the most committed players since his Freshman year. He has always taken the extra steps needed to become a great goal keeper, and is a great leader for our younger players. Frank's nickname "Frank the Tank" will always be a part of Bandera Soccer," Coach Tierney said.
Greg Macias: "Greg has always been one of those players who seemed to advance his game quicker than his other teammates. He has always understood the game and became an impact player for Bandera his sophomore year. Greg has always been a huge part of our success here in Bandera and is one of our team's captains," Coach Tierney said.
Ethan Greven: "Ethan has brought a lot of athleticism and physical play to our defense this year and has made great strides to become a defensive force. Ethan has worked very hard to become a key soccer player but has also done great things within the community of Bandera to make a name for himself as well as his family," Coach Tierney said.
Jonathan Raitz: "Jonathan is one of those players every coach wants on their team due to his great personality, and ability to always lead by example. Jonathan has always come into the season after basketball ends and always raises the level of play for our team immediately. Even though he is Jonathan Raitz, he will always be remembered as Jonathan Greats," Coach Tierney said.
Matthew King: "Matthew is a passionate player who always wanted any excuse to play a pick up soccer game. Matthew's devotion and love for the game has helped him become one of our best skill players. Matthew also has a passion for pre-calculus and will no doubt achieve great things after high school," Coach Tierney said.
Jake Tarr: "Jake has become one of the Goal Keepers on our team after joining us for the first time this season. Jake brings a lot of excitement to our team and has kept us in many close games. Jake's hard work and determination has been truly admired by his teammates as well as his coaches," Coach Tierney said.
Brennan Aguirre: "Brennan the Bruiser Aguirre is one of the toughest players to ever play for Bandera. He is that player everyone knows will always step it up and set the tone. Brennan has truly been a team leader this season and will always be one of my favorite players to watch out on the field," Coach Tierney said.
Maverick Hicks: "Maverick is another one of our Team Captains who has been a Varsity player since his Freshman Year. Maverick is a natural leader who has carried this team on his back for several years. He also brings a sense of humor that has always kept me in a good mood at nearly every practice. Maverick will no doubt be successful in anything he puts his mind to," Coach Tierney said.
Following the pre-game festivities, the 'Dogs took on Kennedy in an extremely physical battle for a victory that would help either team secure a spot in the playoffs.
Even though Bandera kept the ball within striking distance of the Cavaliers' goal for the majority of the game, Kennedy still managed to outscore the 'Dogs 4-1 by the final whistle. Senior Maverick Hicks scored the only goal of the game.
"These last four years have been very memorable," Captain Maverick Hicks said. "To be able to cap off what was a very meaningful night with a goal was really awesome."