Boys soccer kicks into gear
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As the boys’ varsity soccer team gears up for their upcoming season, they prepare to prove to the other district teams that they are a force to be reckoned with. Their first game will take place on Jan. 4, where they will match up against Madison High School. Until then, the team will be dedicating hours after school and through the break in preparation for a successful season.
The team has a variety of ages this year, varying from sophomores to seniors, though Coach John Crow does not see it as a weakness.
“I am excited about the team we have this year,” Crow said. “We have a good mix of seniors, juniors and sophomores [and] that gives us a lot of different options to work with. The players work well with each other and have good team chemistry.”
Last year varsity finished off their season with a district record of 3-6-3. Though the first district is not until Jan. 29, when they face Memorial, they already have high hopes for district. Along with hopes for success, the team also looks forward to seeing more fans out in the stands.
“We can easily compete with the top teams, like Seven Lakes and Strake Jesuit,” senior center midfielder Ryan Shaw said. “Our district is going to be a battle and we are going to need the school’s support out there whenever possible. We really do enjoy our dedicated fans and they help encourage us a lot.”
According to Shaw and senior center midfielder Connor Crabtree, the team’s chemistry and ability to communicate with each other is better than that of teams in previous years.
“The team is one collective group,” Crabtree said. “I expect a successful season this year with a playoff run. I also want to see the team play well together as a result of team chemistry.”
Crow sees a lot of potential and talent in the group of boys he is working with this year. Seniors Crabtree, Breylon Henderson, Rodrigo Hernandez and Luis Gordoa are, according to Crow, stepping up to be solid leaders on and off the field.
“Team unity and our skill level is good. We will need to work on our team communication and see which line up gives us the best opportunities but overall they are a good group.”
As the team comes together and starts up practicing, Shaw sets the team’s goals for the future high, hoping for state.
“This year, our team’s strengths are that we can connect with each other and read how we want each other to play,” Shaw said. “We have a very talented team and if we play to our potential, we can make state this year without a doubt.”
Their first games will be at the Cy Fair Varsity Invitational on Jan. 10.
“This year’s squad has determination, dedication and desire,” Crow said. “They are committed to having a successful season and that is always a positive.”