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Carlisle exits after 11 seasons, Falli steps into new role

by Mike Slodki


The Oswego boys' soccer team hopes to duplicate a bit of the late-season success in 2014, but the fall will have a new look up top.

Travis Carlisle resigned after 11 seasons on the sideline, and Brian Falli has been named the newest head coach for the Panther program.

"Brian has been in our boys and girls programs for the past eight years, and I am confident he will do a great job taking over for Travis Carlisle, who resigned this past school year to spend more time with his young family," Oswego athletic director Darren Howard said in a statement.

Falli, involved in both programs for eight years, just finished leading the girls side to a Class 3A regional final appearance, ending with an overtime loss to Metea Valley in May.

A guidance counselor at Traughber Junior High, Falli has spent time coaching all levels.

"I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity. Oswego athletics is headed in a new and exciting direction and I am proud to be a part of it," Falli said.

A graduate of Downers Grove South, Illinois State University and National-Louis University, Falli assisted Carlisle in the fall of 2013 when the Panthers skirted past higher-seeded Plainfield North in the Geneva Regional semifinal before losing to Neuqua Valley in the final.

Oswego went 7-10-4 in 2013, but finished farther than the 2012 version. The program has gone 16-20-5 the last two years.

Going forward, Falli and his roster will have to do battle without core of graduates like Efrain Salgado, Christian Ortiz, Gerardo Silva, Victor Contreras, Devin Hernandez, Christian Torres and Max Paulan, but do return Luke Moran and Rodolfo Moreno.

"We've lost a lot of people, but familiarity is big, and I had these kids as freshmen. We're not going to go too far from what Travis did," Falli said.

The season opener is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, at Naperville Central.

"We tied with (Naperville Central) last year and they are starting to take us a little more seriously. We need to build off of that," Falli said.

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