The recent 5-2 victory over Sussex Academy was the Hawks' 100th win in the program's 10-year history.
The St. Georges Tech boys soccer team earned its first victory of the 2018 season by the score of 5-2 over Sussex Academy, powered by a hat trick by Roger Buesmaill and goals by Wade Daper and Edward Ingram.
However, this was no ordinary win for the Hawks. It was the varsity soccer program’s 100th victory in the program's 10-year history.
“The wins accumulation isn’t something my staff or I ever really focused on,” said St. Georges Tech Head Coach Justin Null. “But, as we approached the state tournament last year, it somehow came up in conversation. We decided to take a closer look at our overall program record and it was then that we realized we were sitting at 99 wins.”
After playing soccer at the MOT club level and at Middletown High under current head coach Brian Derrickson, Null and longtime best friend Josh Rickner helped start the program at St. Georges Tech.
History of the program
“When we began 10 years ago, my assistant coach and I were just a couple of young guys at 24, just trying to keep a group of high schoolers in line,” Null said. “I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all grown together and looking back at everything our young program has accomplished thus far, we’re very proud.”
Over 10 seasons, the Hawks have posted winning records nine times and qualified for the DIAA state tournament seven times.
Looking back on what the program has accomplished over the years, it wasn’t a hard decision for Null and his staff to make sure they acknowledged the feat of 100 wins.
“I think it’s important to celebrate milestones. Not all coaches or programs make it to 100 wins, 200, 300, or they take years and years to reach those marks,” Null said. “It’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on where you’ve come from and what you’ve been able to do as a team, a family.”
When it comes to this year’s team, Null said sharing the moment with this group was special.
“Although the guys now haven’t contributed to all of those wins, I could sense their pride to know that they’re now a piece of the fabric that makes up the St. Georges soccer program,” Null said. “They also know that their efforts and contributions will continue the legacy that we’re all a part of.”
Since claiming the program’s 100th victory, the Hawks have posted win number 101 as well – a 6-0 shutout of Tower Hill, with their next game scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 3:45 p.m. at home against Delcastle.
Looking back at his conversation with assistant coach Rickner, Null hopes this is just the beginning for the program's milestones.
“Josh looked at me at the end of our conversation and said, ‘Think you got another 10 years in you?’ I just smiled,” Null said.