The Wolfpack burst onto the scene last year led by senior midfielder Dakota Rohlin, compiling a 15-2 record and a spot in the CIF playoffs. With Rohlin gone and a tough schedule, can Great Oak repeat and build off their success?
Great Oak High School Wolfpack
Coach- Karl Rohlin
College Commitments: None
MaxLaxoc.com Outlook: Great Oak finished 2012 with one of the best records in the Southern Section. After an opening day loss to Tesoro, Great Oak rattled off 15 consecutive wins, including a win over highly ranked San Clemente, 11-10. Great Oak advanced to the first round of the playoffs before losing to Santa Margarita.
Last year’s team was senior-heavy and full of talented individuals. Great Oak lost its goalie, most of its defense, and heralded midfielder Dakota Rohlin (Jacksonville) who was a nightmare for opponents all season. This year, Head Coach Karl Rohlin is looking for more of a team game and a lot less individual play. ” We lost a lot of our top talent last year, but our overall chemistry should be on par with what we had last year,” Rohlin added, ” We have a lot of even talent across the board so we are going to have a different style of play this season.” On the defensive side of the field, the squad will be young and raw. With a new goaltender and new long poles in front of him, the defense will be tested early on.
Great Oak will be led on the field by senior midfielders Nick Cunningham and Christian Smith. Cunningham is a powerful athlete with a strong outside shot while Smith will look to dominate the face off X and control the field between the restraining lines.
Rohlin isn’t letting last year’s personnel losses get in the way of what he says is the toughest schedule he has had so far in his tenure at Great Oak. With games against Tesoro, San Clemente, El Toro, Los Al, and Rancho Bernardo to name a few, the Wolfpack will need to come together and play as a team if they want to see success early.
Great Oak opens their season hosting Tesoro March 2nd and Rohlin is hoping to avenge last year’s first loss of the season. He feels that if they could beat Tesoro that it could be a catalyst for the rest of their season.
–Adam Guy, MaxLaxocOC.com