You don’t have to tell Riverside Brookfield boys soccer coach Danny Makaric what is in store for his team this fall.
“When you win the conference title two years in a row, everyone is going to be gunning for you,” Makaric said. “We might be young this year, but no one in our conference is going to care. They are going to want to beat us every game.”
Three years ago, the Bulldogs recorded seven wins and followed that up with an 11-win campaign in 2005. Last season, Makaric’s crew finished 11-5-1 and captured its second consecutive Metro Suburban Conference title.
“We only have a couple seniors this year, but we have some really good sophomores and juniors,” Makaric said. “It’s exciting to think about the future, because our numbers are up throughout the program. There is a lot of talent at the lower levels.”
Senior defender Jason Brondos will be one of three seniors expected to play a big part for the Bulldogs. Senior midfielder Gibraham Chavez and senior forward Jack Glowinski are two other names you’ll be hearing a lot this season.
“The last two years, we have played really good soccer and dominated the conference,” Makaric said. “But it may take us some time this year to get things together with such a young team.”
Riverside Brookfield is hoping by the time the postseason rolls around it will be able to improve on its No. 9 seed it received in the Class AA Lyons Sectional a year ago.
“We want to win a regional title,” said Makaric, whose team has not advanced out of the regional semifinals the past two seasons. “But we have a tough regional every year.”
Makaric continues to run an area club to help soccer gain the exposure it needs. By doing this, Makaric is hoping it will help fuel the success of future high school teams.
“We need to have kids playing year round to be able to compete with the better programs in the area,” Makaric said. “So right now, I’m also working with players in junior high and younger.
“I want to expose them to the sport and help them grow and learn. There is a lot of talent in the area, and it’s just a matter of getting out there and working with it. My boys also will be playing year round during indoor and in the spring. We want the program to continue to improve, and this is one way it will.”
The Bulldogs travel to Fenton on Saturday (10 a.m.), and host Morris on Monday (6 p.m.).