Fivay’s boys soccer program has been one of the biggest surprises in the North Suncoast.
After a 12-14 year last winter, the Falcons have turned it around under second-year coach Eric Kruck. Fivay entered the week 11-4-1 with an improved but largely intact nucleus from last year.
“We’ve been getting better playing together and really understanding where each other’s supposed to be,” said Kruck, who took over the head coaching job early last season.
One key contributor has been Greg Alves (15 goals, nine assists) who missed 10 games last year after receiving a red card. Junior Francisco Banos (11 goals) has been a big addition from the JV team, and Raymond Vivino has continued to improve at forward.
Kruck said his senior-heavy midfield and rotating cast on defense have been key for goalkeeper Brandon Taylor (124 saves, three shutouts). But the biggest reason for Fivay’s success has been team chemistry.
“I told them at the beginning of the season,” Kruck said, “if they play like they can and play together as a team, there’s really no one I don’t think they can beat.”