Boys Soccer: Scoring? Distributing? Stagg’s Beto Torres does both — and with aplomb
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 23, 2013 9:46PM
Beto Torres, of Stagg. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:14PM
One thing was for sure when Beto Torres began his senior season. He wasn’t going to take it for granted.
After all, the Stagg star missed most of his junior year because of hamstring and groin injuries.
“Last year was really hard for me to get through,” he said. “Sitting and watching my teammates play was really tough. I’m very happy to be back on the field.
“I came into this year just wanting to enjoy it. I knew it was my last year and I just wanted to soak it all in and enjoy it as much as possible.”
Last season’s disappointment served as major motivation for Torres.
“I worked really hard all summer,” he said. “I wanted to come back stronger than before. I was definitely more fired up to come out and have a good season after missing last year.”
Torres’ return certainly boosted the Chargers offense. He scored 13 goals and dished out 13 assists to lead a Stagg team that finished 11-6.
“Having Beto back makes us a lot stronger on our attack,” Stagg’s Sean Runyon said. “He’s a great player.”
Torres always has valued getting his teammates involved, enjoying making a good pass as much as scoring a goal.
“I’ve always been kind of like that,” he said. “My sophomore year, I think had 19 assists. On my club teams I’ve always been a good passer and I always try to set up my teammates. I’m not really much of a scorer, but I’ve gotten more of a chance to score with Stagg.”
Torres hardly can remember a time he wasn’t playing the sport he loves.
“I started on my first team when I was 4 years old,” he said. “It’s a sport that’s been in my family for a long time. My dad played. My grandpa did. I’ve always loved it.”
At Stagg, Torres was a four-year varsity performer who made an impact from his freshman year on.
“It’s been a fun four years,” he said. “It’s hard to believe it’s my senior year.”
Though Torres’ high school career ended in disappointing fashion as the Chargers were upset by T.F. United in Tuesday’s Class 3A Stagg Regional semifinal, Torres doesn’t plan to stop playing any time soon.
“I haven’t committed yet, but I definitely want to play in college,” he said. “Soccer is something I feel like I was born to do. I want to play as long as I can.”