History was made in Laquey after the Hornets soccer team finished a flawless regular season – 20-0 overall – and captured a Class 1, District 9 championship on Nov. 6. Laquey eventually lost in the first round of the Class 1 State Tournament to Sacred Heart, 8-1.
Throughout the season, senior forward Gordon Klemp, who played all four years at Laquey, was a leader for the Hornets both in games and during practices. The Daily Guide caught up with Klemp after the season to reflect upon his team's historical run:
How long have you played with your teammates?
Klemp: I have been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. It will never get old to me; it's the perfect game.
What was it like playing for Coach Podurgal?
Klemp: Playing for Coach Podurgal was fun and challenging at the same time. Coach was good at pushing us and challenging us to go beyond our level of play, but also never forgetting to have fun while doing it. He is a very good coach and knows what he is doing. But, most importantly, he listens to the players and allows us as a team to suggest different styles of play and strategies to better our game.
Winning the district championship is a big thing for Laquey. What did it take to get there?
Klemp: Well we, as a team, worked hard through every practice and stayed focused while doing it. We worked well with each other and had that team chemistry that allowed us to know where each other was on the pitch during games, which eventually led to goals, and then wins.
Looking back on the season, what are your fondest memories?
Klemp: My fondest memory has to be the whole thing – back when I started out as a freshman all the way through my senior year. I've enjoyed every season that I have played for Laquey. But to go undefeated and win districts for my senior year was the perfect way to go out. It was fun and I will never forget it. I am glad to have been able to play for Laquey and have such a great team.