Boys Soccer Wins Second State Title in Three Years


Varsity wins the game in overtime, Elyes Ellouz scoring the winning goal making the final score 1-0.

Nola Miller, Writer

Last weekend, the boys soccer team became 6A State Champions. They won in the fifth minute of overtime. Senior Elyes Ellouz scored the winning goal, sending the whole stands wild.

The boys soccer team kept the crowd on their toes at the beginning of the game.

 “We played really good in the first half,” head coach Matt Trumpp said. “We should have scored a goal. I think we hit the crossbar three times. And a lot of time in soccer, if you don’t put away your chances, the other team can punish you for that.” 

Olathe West soccer isn’t like other schools when it comes to keeping their composure. 

“We have a very distinctive playing style here,” Trumpp said. “We try to keep possession, we try to play soccer.” 

This game has a completely different feel compared to the win back in 2019 that earned them their first State Championship. 

“The 2019 team was expected to win,” Trumpp said. “It was almost like it was a little bit different level of stress because when you’re expected to do something it can get pretty heavy and hard to deal with.” 

After a bit of a struggle through the end of the season due to some tough losses and injuries, the boys pulled it off. 

“The teams we played to get into the final all had more than 11 or 12 wins, so kind of an underdog story versus being the top dog last time.” Trumpp said.

The final pre-game was nothing different than any other regular season game. The boys had a routine that would consist of meeting up at the school, eating a sandwich, talking about tactics and getting hyped for the game ahead. 

However, the win can be more attributed to the seniors than their pre-game routine. 

“We have six seniors that were really mature and strong leaders through it, Trumpp said.

Ending the boys soccer season with a State Championship win was a great wrap up for this year’s team.