Boys Soccer: Joliet West’s Abraham Murguia has high hopes
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 25, 2013 10:10PM
Abraham Murguia, of Joliet West | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 28, 2013 6:55AM
For Abraham Murguia, playing soccer is all about moments — the moments when a certain play produces a sensation that makes the hard work all worth it.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was 6 years old, and I just love the feeling you get when you make a good play, especially when you score a goal,” he said. “There’s nothing like it.”
Murguia, a center midfielder at Joliet West, admittedly is undersized to battle with some of the area’s best midfielders and defenders who are chosen to mark him each game.
He has a simple solution, though.
“The bigger guys can’t catch me,” he said.
Murguia is an honor roll student who uses his smarts on the field. His leadership abilities led coach Brian Frank to name him a captain this season.
“Abraham definitely is one to watch in the center,” Frank said. “He’s quick, and he can really get our offense going.”
Murguia has tried to instill a sense of belief in a West squad that’s struggled since Joliet Township split back to Central and West.
The Tigers were just 2-15-5 last season, but are 2-5-4 this year and have played several of the area’s top teams tough.
“I enjoy the leadership role a lot,” he said. “I see a lot of potential in our team this year, and I tell my teammates that. We just need to work hard and we can improve a lot.
“I try to motivate the younger kids and let them know when they’re doing something wrong. Then I can either try to help them one-on-one or let (Frank) know where they need help.”
Murguia sees many reasons for optimism this season.
“Last year, we had a really rough season, but that’s behind us and I think we have a much better team this year,” he said. “I think we have a lot of skill and speed. One thing that’s really different from last year is our bench is much better. We have more depth. Last year, our bench wasn’t very good.”
Murguia has lofty goals for his senior season. He hopes the Tigers can contend in the rugged SouthWest Suburban Blue.
Beyond that, he thinks his team is capable of making a postseason run.
“I really think that we can make it pretty far this year,” he said. “We think we can win a regional. After we struggled so much last year, we’re definitely motivated.”