Elmwood Park brothers Milosz and Luke Mordarski get along for the most part.
Like many siblings, however, tension does rear its head at times.
“It’s fun playing together, but we get in arguments sometimes,” sophomore midfielder Luke Mordarski said. “It gets very competitive. When mistakes happen you get emotional because you love the game so much.”
The brothers have been teammates for five years and play for the AAC Eagles Soccer Academy. Milosz Mordarski is a junior defender, which makes for some intense practices when they go one-on-one at different positions.
“It’s competitive,” Milosz Mordarski said. “I want him to know who the better Mordarski is out there. I get mad at him if he does something wrong. It’s fun, though. We have chemistry with each other.”
Sometimes the arguments carry over to home after a game or practice.
“Our parents are used to it,” Milosz Mordarski said. “They just get out of the way and don’t get involved.”
Despite the brothers’ occasional disagreements, Elmwood Park coach Martin Blake said he couldn’t ask for better teammates. They used to attend Blake’s summer camps when they were in middle school.
“They both always wanted to be around the program,” Blake said. “They invested in soccer year round. What stuck out the most about these two was that they loved soccer. It is so rewarding now watching them being major players on the varsity team.
“They are respectful, honest, hard working and kind young men. EPHS soccer is lucky to have such quality young men represent them.”
Blake believes both players have the ability to play at the collegiate level.
“Milosz is a good leader,” Blake said. “Although he is not a captain this year, he is respected and looked upon as one. Luke is a raw talent. He has a ton of individual talent. His next step is to learn how to use his talents to make his teammates better.”
Luke Mordarski started playing soccer in first grade and then at Elmwood Middle School, but decided to focus entirely on soccer. Milosz Mordarski planned to run track as a sophomore but fractured his kneecap during the winter. He recovered in time to play soccer and hopes to run track this season.
Both say soccer is their passion, however.
“Soccer runs in the family,” said Luke Mordarski, who has five goals. “I like how the game is set up. It’s a physical and fast game and everyone has to play together to be successful.”