MCHS Soccer kicks off season
Craig — The Moffat County High School boys soccer team heads into the 1999 season with a mixture of experience and youth.
After finishing its first of two-a-day practices, second year coach Eric Johnson was pleased with the effort the Bulldogs showed on the practice field.
“They gave me 100 percent on Monday and that’s all I ask them to do in each practice and game,” said Johnson before the second practice Tuesday. “If we can work together as a team, we can come up on top.”
Johnson would like to see more players go out for the team.
“We are short on numbers. We have 21 that are here tonight,” said Johnson. “We need more numbers. We have a good solid core, but we have a young team.”
With the mixture of ages represented on his team, Johnson is pleased with the match between strong senior leadership and a lowerclassman group willing to learn.
“We have a stronger team this year than last,” said Johnson. “We have a lot more experience on the field and we have a lot of good leaders. The five seniors are a lot stronger seniors than we have had in the past. We have a elite freshman group that is coming up. I hope that we can capitalize off our seniors.”
The Bulldogs will continue with two-a-day practices until school begins Aug. 25.
“Our last two-a-days will be Tuesday, because school starts on Wednesday Aug. 25,” said Johnson. “We want to work on our skills. I want to be where we finished off last year by our first game this year.”
According to Johnson, the Bulldogs practiced over the summer and gained valuable experience.
“Some of them practiced a little bit during the summer,” said Johnson. “The younger group had a 14-and-under traveling team and so they had a lot of experience this summer. The camp that we had last week hopefully got the rust off a little bit.”
MCHS will have six home games during the season and Johnson said the Bulldogs usually have a better showing at home than on the road.
“We have five home games in a row,” said Johnson. “That will be nice and we usually play better at home because we have the crowd support and that helps us out.”
Johnson wants the Bulldogs to get of to a fast start this year.
“My first goal is to finish where we left off last year,” he said. “We also want to get the upcoming freshman up to par.
“The ultimate goal is that I would like to see us in the first round of the playoffs. I feel that we have the potential to do it. We need to just play as a team and play solid.”
The Bulldogs will begin the season at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 in Palisade.
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