Boca Raton, Fla. -- Every year the Boca boys soccer team proves to be one of the best in the country and with the regular season coming to a close, the Bobcats are poised to make yet another championship run.
"I expect us to go all the way this year," said senior captain, Hunter Bandy.
And Bandy's not alone.
Many people expect the Bobcats to make it deep into the state tournament this year. They've made five trips to the final four since 2005 and spent much of this season ranked No. 1 in the country.
"I tell 'em, it's tough to be number one because everybody's gonna wanna knock you down," said head coach, Marcelo Castillo. "It's almost a good pressure and that kind of develops their character so I think it's a good thing."
In 8 seasons under Castillo, the Bobcats are 181-16-5, which includes 19-straight wins to begin the season. Over the weekend, Boca dropped back-to-back games for the first time in two years, losing to a pair of nationally-ranked teams in the 2nd annual Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament.
"We're gonna make sure we get back up and keep on fighting," said Castillo.
"Even though we lost I learned they'll fight to the end," added Bandy. "We never lost hope"
Everywhere you look, the 2010 state champions have talent. Shut down one player and another will step right up. And that's been the case every season under Castillo, who will see at least five of his guys play at the Divsion-I level next year.
"It's not just all about this year, even though, right now, we are looking at this year," said Castillo. "In the future, the potential is still there."
"It's like a brotherhood out here," said senior defender, Giovanni Dimauro. "Everyone just gets along. We play for each other, not individually. And we're successful"
The Bobcats begin their quest for an 11th-consecutive district title next Wednesday in the district semifinals.