The undefeated boys soccer team at Hinsdale Central is enjoying its run to the top sectional seed. According to Goddard's column on High School Cube News:
How enjoyable would sports be if you aren’t having fun?
That’s not a problem at Hinsdale Central, where players one of the state’s top soccer teams enjoy teasing coach Mike Wiggins.
“Apparently I say ‘by design’ a lot,” Wiggins said. “I asked what was so funny about it and the guys said, ‘Coach, you say it every day.’
“We begin our workouts and games by chanting, ‘One-two-three Devils.’ That breaks them up, too.”
Wiggins has no problem with the ribbing.
“At least I know they’re listening,” he said.
“Here’s the thing, though. There’s not a single phrase or bit of coaching that they don’t take seriously. They’re having fun, taking in everything the coaches give them.”
Wiggins was that way at Illinois State University, where he made the soccer team as a walk-on. He knew he wanted to coach the sport from the moment he scored his first goal against New Mexico.
“Soccer requires dedication, determination and hard work, and this team has that,” Wiggins said of the Red Devils, who are seeded first in the Class 3A Hinsdale South Regional and enter this week with a record of 12-0-2. “They’re very coachable. They care so much.”
The Devils are led offensively by quicksilver senior Christian Meyer, whose aerial attacks on goal are enhanced by peripheral vision that allows him to see teammates moving into position for passes or shot deflections.