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MCHS soccer gets ready for Fruita

Boys team opens season Thursday in Grand Junction

JOHN VANDELINDER

If you go

What: MCHS soccer versus Fruita Monument High School

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: Canyon View Sports Complex, 1102 Wildcat Ave. Grand Junction

For more: 970-824 3289

— Baby steps.

That’s what first-year boys varsity soccer coach Seth Young wants from his team this season.

A step forward in improvement, a step forward in dedication and a few steps toward the playoffs.

Young takes over a program that went 2-14-1 last season. However, the team returns eight starters.

“Our experience coming back this year should help us immensely,” Young said.

The Bulldog offseason was geared toward the offensive side of the ball. With defense the team’s strongpoint last season, goals are the focal point of this year’s team.

“We’ve been working on our offense, and we should score a lot more goals.”

Young will have his hands full against an experienced Class 5A Fruita team.

“Fruita will be strong. It will be a great measuring stick for us,” he said.

“I expect us to compete. Sure, we are a 3A school, but we feel as though this is a new beginning for us.”

Young was coach of the MCHS varsity girls squad last year, and he relishes the opportunity to coach the boys.

“It’s a different game now,” Young said. “The speed is different, the strength and the aggressiveness.”

Young has stressed working on the fundamentals with his team. They spend summer running, ball handling and perfecting the shot.

Junior Armando Lopez is optimistic about the team’s chances this year.

“We’ve worked hard to make improvements,” he said. “We have to do a lot better than last year’s team.”

Young was much more confident.

“We have a lot more depth than previous years,” he said. “A .500 record would be ideal.”

Thursday will be the test the Bulldogs have been waiting for.

Looking for some payback after last season’s 6-0 opening loss to Fruita, Lopez offered some motivation for his teammates.

“We aren’t scared of Fruita,” he said. “We are going to show up a different team this year.”


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