By Clause Thompson, Cincinnati.com
La Salle finished second to none last season in one of the most competitive leagues in the city in the Greater Catholic League, featuring teams like St. Xavier, Elder, and Moeller. The La Salle soccer squad seeks to continue its own success in conjunction with the success of the other athletic programs at La Salle including the baseball and football championships that the school has mustered in the last few years.
“The environment at LaSalle is excellent," said head coach Patrick Albrinck. "Every sport here pushes to be the best that it can, the athletes here in every sport understand that you’re going to work as hard as you can. You have to be unified as a team if you’re going to have success. These athletes understand what it takes and they push each other. The only problem is trying to get time in the facilities. The weight room is full, there is always someone on the turf. It’s tough to get time.”
One of the key to La Salle’s 2016 success was goalkeeper Nate Logan. The 2016 Southwest Ohio Player of the Year will be a part of Xavier University’s soccer squad this coming season, but leaves a very noticeable hole in goal for the Lancers.
“You can’t replace Nate Logan," Albrinck said. "We’re going to have to play differently, we’re going to have a different kind of player in the goal, but there’s very few high school players that can do what Nate Logan did. So, if we can’t replace him, we’re going to have to be a different team. We have 16 seniors on the roster. Our senior leadership is the strength of the team. I’ve seen a lot of teams come through, but this is the hardest working team that I’ve seen. From the weight room, to summer fitness, to training for the upcoming season. They’ve definitely put in the work.”