As the Boys in Blue take on Naples United FC and look to bring all three points back to Boca Raton, Austin Lukasik is our player to watch.

The 19-year-old defender recently returned from his first year at Vassar College. Lukasik is happy with how his season unfolded, yet he remains eager to continue developing his game: “It went well. I was able to play a lot and in multiple positions, helping the team any way I could. I would have liked to contribute more offensively.”

In 18 games for Vassar, Lukasik played 1,380 minutes. The right-footed defender played a crucial role in the Vassar backline that conceded only 0.94 goals per game.

For Lukasik, playing with and against older, more experienced players has been beneficial: “Many of the players are in their mid-20s and have experience playing at a highly competitive level. Playing in this environment has helped me to grow as a player.”

“Coach Rooney is a great coach,” says Lukasik. “He expects a lot from his players, so it is important that we always give 100% in training, as well as in games.”

After back-to-back losses, the Boys in Blue are eager to end the four-game road stretch with a win. Lukasik believes that a stronger mentality can help Boca Raton achieve their objective: “As long as we remain level-headed and understand that we are a very strong team, we will be able to rebound. If we are mentally strong during the game, we will be able to get the desired result.”

Listen to the game live on Boca Chamber Radio! Kickoff is at 5:00 p.m.

Story by: Zach Townsend | Boca Raton FC Communications Staff
Photo By: Heather Lukasik

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