Prep Soccer

Xavier boys' soccer team waiting, hoping

HS journalism: State championship remains goal if season starts

Xavier's Arnold Mutasingwa battles Marion's Connor Gorton for the ball during last year's jamboree at Mount Mercy Univer
Xavier’s Arnold Mutasingwa battles Marion’s Connor Gorton for the ball during last year’s jamboree at Mount Mercy University’s Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. Mutasingwa wants a season and a state championship. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed or canceled many sports-related events such as the 2020 Olympic Games, the NCAA basketball tournaments and Major League Baseball.

Its impact also hits home to many high school athletes, especially those who were preparing for their upcoming spring seasons.

Like teams across the state and country, the Cedar Rapids Xavier boys’ soccer season is on hold and there is no certainty the season will even occur.

Junior Arnold Mutasingwa said it has been an adjustment, to say the least.

“Those of us who stayed home during spring break were expected to start doing two-a-day practices ... but now all of us are going to have to wait ... to start practicing together,” Mutasingwa said. “At this moment in time, we don’t know how long our season is going to be. We might even just skip the regular season and go right to substate.”

Even though the team is unable to have official practices, Mutasingwa is working on his skills to be ready to go if they are able to play this season.

“I’ve been going to a park to shoot on my own,” Mutasingwa said. “I have also been doing things like juggling and dribbling as well as running on the treadmill at home.”

Last year, the Saints fell short during the state championship game to Lewis Central, falling 1-0. This year, Mutasingwa has high hopes and believes the team can redeem itself if allowed.

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“Even if the season does not last very long, we hope that we can win the state tournament,” Mutasingwa said.

Having the season postponed has been especially hard for the seniors. Tyler Zogg said this is a big change and everyone is learning to adjust.

“This break is certainly going to make it harder to get back into the swing of things,” Zogg said. “However, we can all work on our own and hopefully still salvage the season.”

Even if his time playing at Xavier comes to an end, Zogg still has had amazing memories to take with him when he leaves.

“My favorite part of playing soccer at Xavier has definitely been bonding with the coaches and all my teammates,” Zogg said. “No matter what, we always come together and work to win the game.”

Regardless of what comes next with the coronavirus, the Xavier boys’ soccer team will never stop doing what it loves.

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