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Varsity Soccer Player, Michael Ortega Helps Team With Outstanding Performance!

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Senior, Michael Ortega is passing the ball to a teammate after a missed goal by Eisenhower.

Senior, Michael Ortega is passing the ball to a teammate after a missed goal by Eisenhower.

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Senior, Michael Ortega is passing the ball to a teammate after a missed goal by Eisenhower.

Robert Esquivel, Staff Writer

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The Richards Varsity soccer team is having an historic season with a record of 8-4-3. Senior, Michael Ortega, has helped this impressive showing with standout performances all season.

 

As the team approaches the end of the year, Coach Dan Scanlan has his sights set on setting a school record for most wins in a season (9),  and he feels Ortega can help achieve it.

 

Michael Ortega has accomplished the individual objective of setting the record for most goals by a single player and plans to break the record of most goals in one season (22).

 

Ortega gives us pace, power and individual skills that require other teams to identify where he is at all times. He’s a great leader and an outstanding example of what we strive to be,” Scanlan says about his star player.

 

With 17 goals and 12 assists this season, Michael averages over a goal a game and an assist a game. These stats have helped get wins over St. Rita(5-0), Oak Forest(4-1), Thornton(2-1) and hopefully against upcoming rival, Reavis.

 

“‘An exemplary performer. High work rate, consistent approach to excellence and a student of the game,” Dan Scanlan continued about Ortega’s ability as a player.

 

With Bremen being the best in the whole conference, Ortega plans to go over more plays, shooting and defense to get to the top. Michael says, “It’s my last year here and I just want to give it my all, I want to show how much I progressed over the past few years.”

 

When asked what was his best highlight from the season so far, Ortega responded, “My best highlight was when I performed a hat trick, which is three goals in a row in one game versus Oak Lawn.”

 

Richards takes on Evergreen Park this Saturday (9/30) at 10:30 am.

 

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