JOLIET – Don’t call him Kyle or Mike as some newspaper reporters have called him in the past couple of years. His name is Alex Singletary and he played his last soccer match with Minooka on Friday night.
After dropping a 4-0 decision to Edwardsville up at the Joliet West Class 3A Sectional, Singletary was gracious enough to participate in this week’s Morris Daily Herald question and answer session.
Q. This is the first time I have ever done the Q&A like this, especially after a loss, but here we go. The expectations coming into the season. Do you guys think you met those?
A. Yeah. I think we exceeded our expectations. We knew we had a good team coming into the season, but we never dreamt that we’d come as far as we did.
Q. As far as conference and postseason and everything. All the expectations?
A. Conference, not so much. We didn’t reach that goal. We could have done better, but after conference play we exceeded expectations.
Q. What’s been the biggest key to the team’s success this year and in particular the last four games?
A. Our biggest key to success is our defense. It has kept us in the game the whole time. Today we fell apart a little bit, but what are you going to do?
Q. Talk about this varsity group. How we’ll have you played together?
A. I’ve played since a junior, but this group has two freshmen, a lot of sophomores and only three juniors, so we’re a young team.
Q. Overall, how long have you guys played together. Did you play club ball or youth ball growing up?
A. Yeah, I played club and youth.
Q. At what level did you start?
A. I started youth 10-under.
Q. Where did you get your start at 10?
A. Channahon Cheetahs
Q. Did you play with any of these guys on your team back then?
A. Yeah, I played will most of the defense and most all of the seniors and juniors.
Q. What kind of bonding experience did that provide?
A. I think it helped a lot. Our main defender Nick Miller and I have always played together. So, he’s always been in front of me on defense. It’s made it a lot easier to be able to play with him.
Q. Finally. I guess I end all of my Q&As this way. If you had a piece of advice for a young kid who wanted to play varsity soccer at Minooka High School and be successful, what would you tell him?
A. Just get out there everyday and get your touches on the ball. Also, to work on your footwork.