By Bob Narang

@PrepSportsRep – 

Geneva freshman forward Spencer Meservy is ready for the next challenge in high school.

Dealing with the normal struggles trying to get acclimated to a new school and team, Meservy added another growth experience on Labor Day: the BODYARMOR Series – Boys Soccer (Chicago). The large one-day junior varsity showcase featured mostly teams from the Chicago and Northern Illinois regions, along with a few out-of-area schools such as Dunlap.

The Vikings were one of the few freshmen teams competing in the JV tourney.

“(The BODYARMOR Series) was fun, a little bit overwhelming at first,” Meservy said. “We’ve been doing well as a team, but not had much competition so far.

“We faced really good competition here. It was difficult, but that’s high school, where you have more work and homework. But I’m really excited to come back here.”

Freshman Max Sliwa called the festival-like atmosphere the ideal testing ground for his young team. The Vikings lost their first game in penalty kicks.

“It’s been a good experience, and this is nice to meet new people,” Sliwa said. “It was a fun game.

“We got to do penalty kicks. We lost, but it was still a fun experience. I’m really excited to play here again if we come back as a varsity team.”

Geneva coach Beth Semyck said she wanted her team to play in a different tournament to test themselves.

“We’ve always played in the Naperville Tournament, but we decided to try something new this year,” Semyck said. “We know (the BODYARMOR Series) draws teams from all over the place and is great competition. We wanted to see how we would compete against higher level teams.”

Semyck noted her squad is filled with promising players, thus she wanted to push her players to experience a big-time varsity-like showcase.

“We’ve been dominating a lot of our freshmen games, so this was a good experience for them,” Semyck said. “It showed them we have things to work on and what to improve on. You can tell they were nervous, excited and a little overwhelmed, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

Bio on reporter: Bob Narang has been covering prep recruiting and sports for the past 28 years. His work also appears in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.