Georgetown boys soccer coach Chris Hapeshis has been preaching a “we before me” mentality with his team.
And the Bulldogs have bought in.
Following a 1-0 win Friday night over St. James, Georgetown improved to 2-0 in Region VII-AAA play for the first time in a while and the program has been on a steady incline. The Bulldogs had just two region wins in the past three seasons alone.
“It’s a huge win for us,” said Hapeshis, who said his team’s win over the Sharks was the first time Georgetown has beaten St. James in school history. “It was a total team effort and we’ve been preaching that for a long time and they’ve finally bought in. [St. James] might have better players, but we have a better team right now.”
Heading into Friday, the Bulldogs knew they were the heavy underdog but that didn’t stop them from going out and performing. After a scoreless first half, Georgetown’s Samuel Trejo scored the game’s lone goal in the 61st minute to put the Bulldogs up, and goalkeeper Christian Ramirez held off the Sharks.
“We made history,” Trejo said. “And it made it even more special by scoring the game-winner.”
Trejo, who also plays for Coast FA and is Georgetown’s only club soccer player, has taken on a leadership role with Georgetown and the younger players have been listening when he speaks.
“He does so much for this team,” Hapeshis said of Trejo. “At practice, he’ll push the guys and wants them to succeed. He’s a team player.”
St. James had command early on, outshooting the Bulldogs 8-2 in the first half. But the second half was a different story, and the Bulldogs got it together to outshoot the Sharks 9-2 en route to the win.
“I told them that we believe [we can win],” Hapeshis said.
Trejo said Georgetown’s morale is through the roof and that the team has set the bar high
“We felt confident coming in. Now we just need it to keep going and hopefully go undefeated,” he said.
And they’re on the right track. Thanks to Hapeshis and his development of the program.
“We have momentum now and we have some tough matches coming up,” he said. “We have to stay humble and not get complacent.”