The 2016 varsity soccer team has been confirmed and the season has begun for the new year.
Last season the team suffered a harsh loss in the Final Four championship after an overtime game ending in penalty kicks.
Despite the setback, senior Devin Olson is confident that the new crop of players have what it takes to go all the way.
“We’re expecting a state title this year,” Olson said. “We’re expecting at least that.”
With a new season and new players, the atmosphere has changed since last season.
Senior wingback Elliott Williams has seen that change in the practices.
“This year there seems to be more of an emphasis on keeping each other in the game mentally,” Williams said. “Harbin’s been encouraging to avoid giving negative feedback toward the other guys.”
The main focus at practice is footwork.
“At practice we usually try and keep it light [by working] on the ball the whole time. We don’t try to do running without the ball,” Olson said.
Practice isn’t just about technical ability, though, it also keeps the team together.
“Practice is about building our chemistry,” Williams said. “We’re all good players, and I think most of us play club too, but it’s just about learning each other’s strengths in the best way possible to make a good team.”
The team grows stronger with each practice and they’re optimistic for a successful season.
“We have a real chance of doing something big, [to do] something that hasn’t been done in a long time,” Olson said.