Former Rochelle forward Max Torres finished his four-year high school soccer career with over 40 goals and 30 assists for the Hub varsity team. Torres has since taken his talents to Kishwaukee College, where the former Interstate 8 All-Conference First Team honoree collected four goals and added one assist during his freshman season with the Kougars.
Torres started seven games for Kishwaukee College during the 2020-21 season, which was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The RTHS graduate totaled nine points as well as nine shots and five shots on goal. Torres scored two goals on three shots in his Kishwaukee College debut against Bryant & Stratton College, helping the Kougars to a 5-2 victory.
“I thought I performed pretty well during my first season with Kishwaukee College,” Torres said. “There were some ups and downs, but I thought my teammates and I did well. I thought I did well in holding up the play and being an option at the striker position. I also spent time in the midfield and on defense helping wherever I could because we suffered a lot of injuries. I want to work on my first-touch, my passing and winning more 50-50 balls this coming season.”
Torres recorded his second multi-goal game against Oakton Community College, scoring twice to lead the Kougars to a 5-2 win. Torres netted his lone assist during the team’s 3-3 draw against Kankakee Community College. The former Hub standout was one of two Rochelle players (Josue Almaraz) who suited up for the Kougars this past season. Torres said his goals for his sophomore season are to make the all-region team and qualify for the national tournament.
“We want to win our conference as well as the regional tournament,” Torres said. “We want to make it to nationals. We just need to put the work in as a team, both during the preseason and during the season. The collegiate experience has been exciting. Many of the teams we’ve faced have a lot of talent and it was nice to match up against some of those teams. What I enjoyed most was playing with my teammates, who have definitely pushed me to become even better.”