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Joshua Gregg runs Mohonasen's show while brother serves in Iraq

The fact that Mohonasen has been competitive in most of its league games is a departure from previous seasons in which the Mighty Warriors have struggled to keep pace with the rest of the Suburban Council.

"I think we've come a long way toward achieving our goal of earning respect," said Gregg.

While Gregg's focus on the field is making Mohonasen soccer matter in the Suburban Council, his focus away from the field is on his older brother, who will remain in Iraq until next year.

"He's always on my mind, but (the family tries) to worry as little as possible because it's not something that we have any control over," said Gregg. "We just hope for the best and hope everything turns out all right."

The reminders that Corey is stationed in Iraq come every time there is a news report about an incident in the Middle Eastern country.

"Whenever you hear about a soldier's death or a car bombing, you wonder if he was near there," said Gregg. "But right now, he's not near any major cities."

Coincidentally, Gregg said his brother's mind isn't too far away from his soccer team.

"I know he's pulling for us from Iraq," said Gregg. "I send him game reports every time we play."

Mohonasen still has several games left on its schedule, including a regular season-ending non-league home game against crosstown rival Schalmont " the Gregg brothers' alma mater " on Monday, Oct. 20.

"It's a whole new program at Schalmont," said Gregg, who played for current Scotia-Glenville coach Chris Bailey at the western Rotterdam school. "I'm sad to see (Bailey) go, but I'm very excited about beating them."

And if Mohonasen is successful, you can bet Gregg will be e-mailing his brother about it.""

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