Butler’s soccer team looking to go farther this season


Coach Mario Carrillo has been the boy’s soccer coach at Butler for 14 years.

Raven Brison, Student Reporter

Butler Traditional High School has a lot of sports teams, but the boy’s soccer team is one of the biggest teams the school has, with 52 players across various grade levels.

So, just how well is the team doing this year during the 2022 season? 

Coach Mario Carrillo said that he enjoys coaching the soccer team here at Butler. It is his 14th year teaching at Butler. He began coaching at Butler after he got the bug for the sport from coaching a league in Germany while he was stationed there. He continued his love for coaching by coaching his two sons later on after moving to the United States.

Of the team this year, Coach Carrillo said, “We are currently ranked 24th in the state. Also, we are in the top 10 statewide for least goals allowed. We [will] go into the postseason with the #1 seed for the district tournament. [We are} hoping to win our 8th straight district title. Also, a 3rd straight region title and 6th in the last 7 years.” 

Current members of the team joined for many unique reasons and have gone on to share great success as a team as evidenced by their ranking and #1 seed. 

Junior Benit Mulume shared that he started playing soccer after watching his brother play at home. Benit joined in and fell in love with the sport, deciding to join Butler’s team. 

Benit believes the team has the potential to go farther than it did last season. He thinks, overall, the team is performing well and “doing great.”

Another current member agrees. 

Senior Mohammed Alshabot said, “this season is better than last year… The team is more like a family this year and everybody understands their role and everyone works together really well.”

Mohammed joined the team out of his love for the sport. He has been playing soccer since he was just a kid and has loved playing ever since. 

Butler’s next soccer game is Thursday, September 29, versus Atherton at Butler at 6:45 p.m.