Butler soccer coach Jim Mueller prefers his teams be made up of aggressive, attacking players who get out and run. Good thing, because the Bulldogs accomplished a rare feat under Mueller’s guidance this season: scoring at least one goal in each of their 21 games.
Senior forward Josh Sorenson had a hand in much of the offense’s success, whether he was facilitating the attack, assisting on the goal or putting the ball in the net himself.
“The offense ran through Josh,” Mueller said. “He was getting double-teamed a lot, but his talent and the hard work he put in paid off. He kept us in a lot of games and he had a great year for us.”
Sorenson led the high-scoring Bulldogs with 20 goals and 12 assists and was named to the Southwestern 4A all-conference team for the second consecutive season after scoring 11 goals and adding 11 assists as a junior. He took it a step further this season, as Sorenson was named to the N.C. Coaches’ Association all-region 10 squad and capped his season off with a NCSCA all-state nomination.
Not to mention that Sorenson also is the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s 2013 Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
“It was a good year,” Sorenson said. “I did what I wanted to. My main goal was to help the team by scoring goals and I think I did that, so I’d say I did good.
“I had a good year last year but I think I did better this year. Last year, we had an amazing forward (Alex Givens) who did everything that we wanted him to do. I just took his role and tried to grow it.”
Mueller’s star forward certainly accomplished that this season.
“He took the leadership role of this team on the field and it paid off for us,” said Mueller, who is in his second season. “He could’ve scored more, but the best thing about Josh is he’s very unselfish, especially for a guy that can score 20 goals, and (he) got his teammates involved, too.”
Sorenson didn’t care who was doing the scoring, as long as his team was winning.
“If it wasn’t for my teammates I wouldn’t have scored as many goals as I did, so I think that’s important to share the ball,” he said. “We had to be more of a team this year because we didn’t have the overall talent we had last year. If we didn’t work as a team, we weren’t going to win games. So that’s what I tried to do.”
The highlight of Sorenson’s senior season was a 7-6 win over East Mecklenburg on Sept. 11 during which he tallied a hat trick – which included the game-winning goal – and added an assist.
With his high school career over, Sorenson is now focused on playing club soccer for the Charlotte Soccer Academy and he said he’s hoping to play in college. The Charlotte 49ers and Wingate have shown interest, according to the forward and his coach, but there’s no doubt Sorenson has the talent to play in college.
“He can definitely play at the next level,” Mueller said. “He’s a very skilled player and has the talent, no doubt.”
Looking back, Sorenson said he’s happy with his high school career and all that he was able to do leading the Bulldog attack.
“I worked hard over the summer because I knew I would be needed more,” Sorenson said. “Last year I made all-conference, but I wanted to make all-state and I’m glad that I did it, it means a lot.
“I’m proud to be a part of team with a great group of guys. We were up and down, sure, but it was an awesome time and we had a great year. If I could go back and play with them again, I