M-S soccer's Marc Majeres puts a spark in the Bulldogs' lineup

The game was over. The loaded Champaign Central soccer team was leading Mahomet-Seymour 5-0 in the championship game of the Urbana Invitational. But late in the game, Marc Majeres made the switch from defenseman to striker.

M-S head coach Jeremy Davis wanted a spark at the top of his lineup, so Majeres replaced Kadyn Jones.

Majeres did his job, and he scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs. Majeres' goal only saved M-S from a shutout. Central still ran away with an easy 5-1 win. But it was a great moment for a guy who had sacrificed so much for the program. Except, Majeres doesn't even remember the first goal of his varsity career.

"I honestly don't even remember," Majeres said. "I just remember celebrating, but I don't remember shooting the ball. My mind is blank!"

Majeres has played defenseman for the Bulldogs, despite the fact that striker is his favorite position. At 5-foot-7, Majeres is an undersized defenseman, but his vocal leadership and smarts have made him a valuable commodity.

"Since I'm a little smaller, I have to read runs to cut people off before they are able to get to the ball, even though they are faster than me," Majeres said. "Also, being physical and body people off the ball."

Majeres is one of the top defensemen in the Apollo Conference and the area, but the move back to striker had been one he'd longed for.

"It was awesome to get the opportunity to even go up there," Majeres said. "I like playing defense because it helps my team, but striker has always been my favorite position."

Scoring a goal was just the cherry on top. Majeres also was named to the all-tournament team alongside teammate Joah Moore.

"Yeah, it felt awesome," Majeres said.

Majeres will likely head back to his typical spot on the back line, but if Davis ever needs another spark, Majeres will likely get that opportunity.

"Defensively, we've been really great," Majeres said.

"It's the offense that's been really struggling, but we're starting to click lately, so I feel like something good is going to happen soon. I think I will be mainly at defense for the foreseeable future, just to hold it down, but if we keep struggling up top, I think they will move me back up there."

Mahomet-Seymour sits at 3-2-2 so far. The Bulldogs' defense has allowed just 10 goals so far in seven games. Keeper Corey Cebulski deserves plenty of praise, but Majeres has made a marked impact.

"It feels great knowing that you have someone in the back who will consistently make the saves and he won't mess up," Majeres said. "It's kind of like solidifying the defense. If they get a shot off, we're not too worried because Corey is back there and he'll make the save."

As the calendar flips to September, the Bulldogs get more into conference play. The Apollo Conference isn't nearly as strong, and after battling teams like Champaign Central, Metamora, Washington and Urbana, M-S is ready to make a big run.

"We've been a little timid, trying to figure out each other as a team, but I feel like we've gotten to the point where we know each other well enough," Majeres said.

"We've been playing together for so long so we're clicking, so this is the point where we can press and start clicking and racking up wins and hopefully scoring a few more goals."

Majeres has attempted just one shot throughout his varsity career. It ended up in the back of the net.

Hopefully, Majeres will be able to remember goal No. 2 of his career.


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