For the past two years, the Smyrna High boys soccer team has finished the season with a record of 7-8. The team hopes they can get over that hurdle this year.
Losing 11 players from last year’s team, head coach Bill Schultz said the team has a group of sophomores and juniors ready to step up and take on the challenge.
Moreover, the players are constantly competing with each other and he’s seen a lot of good come out of their preseason scrimmages.
Senior Andrew Gilbert said the team is really young but everyone works really hard: “We all get along this year, which helps with the team chemistry.”
The team has potential to be good, senior Dane Teel added, and the players are communicating better.
The players said it’s always their goal to make the playoffs and they know it takes hard work. The especially want to improve upon their record from the last couple of years.
“The goal is to get over 7-8,” Gilbert said. “We’ve been 7-8 both years I’ve been on varsity so I want us to get over 7-8.”
Goalie Jacob Stoner thinks the team will get better as the year progresses: “We’re starting low talent-wise, but I think hard work will bring us up.”
Individually, all three players have separate goals for the season. Gilbert, as stated before, wants the team to do better than 7-8 on the season. Teel wants to play well enough this year so he can play in college. Stoner doesn’t want to allow no more than two or three goals as the goal keeper.
As for Schultz, his goal is for the team to finish about .500.
“They’ll push each other to succeed this season as a team and each other,” Shultz said.
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