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MCHS J.V./Freshmen report

MCHS soccer 'development' squad is the future

David Pressgrove

The term “junior varsity” is not a word that Moffat County High School soccer coach Mick Havrilla would use to describe his second team.

“They are more of a developmental squad,” he said. “We like to use those games as an opportunity to broaden the players’ skills and make them more total players.”

Coach Jeff Hammond, who handles the coaching duties for the developmental team, said he has been impressed with the future of MCHS soccer.

“They have shown that we’ll be powers to deal with in the next couple of years,” he said. “We’ve been playing against everybody’s future varsity squads and we’ve fared well.”

The Bulldogs have had a 1-1-4 season a record that Havrilla said is good considering so many of the players are subbed in at a position they wouldn’t normally play.

“We’ll throw players in at different positions during the game just to see what they can do,” he said. “We look to see who can play without the senior leadership and step up to be leaders.”

Havrilla said he doesn’t differentiate between a junior varsity or varsity team. In practice he said he doesn’t label any team and the only players that don’t play in the developmental games are the seniors.

“It’s not that we have to win in those games,” he said. “It’s that we learn something for the good of the future of the program.”

Havrilla said the second games also provide an opportunity for his other coaches, Hammond and Archie Neil, to test the waters.

“It’s a good chance to let them run the show and learn as well,” he said. “Then I can be on the sideline and talk to kids more specifically after they come off the field about what they did.”

Hammond said that coaching at the high school level has been an adjustment for him.

“The intensity and speed of the game is one level up,” he said. “I have to teach the kids to react faster and learn quicker at this level.”

Along with teaching about playing the sport, Hammond said it is important for the coaching staff to help the students develop a passion for the sport.


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