PORTER TOWNSHIP | While Chip Kelly has brought a new offense to the Philadelphia Eagles that may revolutionize the National Football League, the Boone Grove boys soccer team has been playing at a breakneck pace for years.
Waiting for plays to slowly develop may be the pace for many teams in Northwest Indiana, but coach Brian Sherwin’s squad looks for whatever open shot is available. The Wolves have attempted an average of 19 shots over their first nine games with juniors Austin Aguilera and Nick Azevedo combining for 83.
“We just know that to win the game you have to score,” Aguilera said. “That’s the mentality that we take into every game. We want to take shots and we want to score.”
Aguilera leads the Times No. 4 Wolves (7-2) with nine goals while Azevedo has added seven goals and 10 assists. The pair has played soccer together for the last seven years, and Sherwin beams when he talks about his pair of junior strikers.
“They can both get to a ball that seems almost impossible to track down,” Sherwin said. “They find another level of speed when the ball is in a scoring position.”
As quick as the strikers are, the accuracy isn’t always there. The duo has already combined to miss 67 shots this year, but neither player has an issue with missing shots, and more importantly, neither does their coach.
“They’re not scared to take shots,” Sherwin said. “Where other players may make an extra pass, which allows the defense to get set, they’ll take any opportunity they can to score. They brush off missed shots very easily.”
Azevedo admits that missing shots is just part of the game when it comes to running a high-powered offensive attack.
“I look at every opportunity and if I miss one, then I’ll get over it,” he said. “Next time, I’ll do better and I try to learn from each shot.”
Aguilera and Azevedo began playing soccer together when they were 10 years old and they have chemistry on the field that has been forged over the years. While each player looks to score on their own, neither is worried if the other player is getting the bulk of the shots.
“That’s something that we talked about and something that we’re used to,” Aguilera said. “It’s not a selfish thing with either one of us. We just want to score and win for our team.”