Warriors’ Hard Word Pays Off With Region Championship, Set for Deep Playoff Run [VIDEO]
Hard work almost always pay off, though there are no guarantees. For White County boys soccer, they’ve been blessed to see the fruits of their labor in a season that has seen them go 11-4 overall and 6-0 in region play to claim the 7-AAA Championship.
“It feels incredible,” says coach Jon Leventhal. “We have a lot of veterans…a lot of seniors who have been working at it for a few years now who have really been playing soccer their whole lives. And finally winning the region championship feels amazing. It’s nice to see all that hard work pay off.”
The Warriors have punched a ticket to state for the first time since 2017, although the 2020 COVID-shortened season was sure to get the team there. It’s something the team has talked about prior to this year.
“We were pretty confident,” says Leventhal. “We just knew with fixing a few things that we could have a lot of success.”
White County has been led by a great mix of talent, including veteran players and younger standouts. Senior forward Hayden Gensler has had a Player of the Year type of campaign, as he earlier in the season broke the single-season goals record. Gensler and those around him, which Leventhal talks about in the video above, have the recipe to make a deep playoff run.
“Hayden…it’s great having him,” says Leventhal. “We have so many players that make Hayden better, and he makes them better. We just need to ‘keep focused’, be positive, and keep battling, and keep moving forward. For this team, it doesn’t feel like a chore to them. They’re eager to get out here and have fun, and win games and play hard. The success has just added to all that.”
White County awaits word on their Region 6 opposing #4 seed, but will be hosting the first two rounds at least as long as they win. The Warriors over the past decade have been to state two other times in 2016-17, which includes a Sweet 16 run in ’16.