Goals set on state

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Soccer teams hope to keep up with recent trend of success in athletics

Both boys and girls soccer teams want to keep the recent success in athletics. With breakout, record-setting seasons in boys and girls basketball, and the school’s first ever state championship in football, the soccer program wants to keep the recent trend of dominance going.

“We want to go to state this year,” said Kevin Leon, a senior defender on the boys’ soccer team. “That’s the expectation.”

The soccer teams here have lofty goals, and have the talent to make their dreams become realities.

We have a lot of good players that come in,” said Cody Schroeder, head coach for the boys’ soccer team. “They start playing when they are young and their parents support them in soccer, so they have a very high level of skill by the time they get to this age.”

Not only do both teams possess great talent, they also have great leadership.

With Schroeder identifying Sean Diamond, McKenna Cook and Bryan Jacinto as boys team leaders and Kenny Blevins, head girls soccer coach, naming Brittney Crabtree, Kaitlyn Caro and Megan Stokes team captains, the two teams have excellent chemistry and leadership.

“Even though we have really good players, we still need everyone to do their part to be successful,” Blevins said. “Soccer is a team sport, and I can’t single out individual players because they all do what they do very well. Each position needs the other position to be able to do their thing.”

With all of the talent each team possesses, a district championship won’t be a cakewalk as both the boys and girls coaches admit Byron Nelson and Birdville are really good and will be their biggest district foe.

“From our district, for four years in a row, a team from our district has won the entire region and went to Austin for state,” said Blevins. “Last year it was Byron Nelson, and the year before that it was Birdville. I look for those two teams to be exceptional this year. In fact, Byron Nelson went to the state championship game last year and got beat in a shootout. Byron Nelson is a quality, quality team.”

The coaches want the best from their players and push them each and every day with the end goal in mind.

“The coaches are really good,” Leon said. “He gets on our butt a lot though. But it’s all for good and to make us better.”

Not only do the soccer coaches aim to make their players better on the field, but they also aim to make them better men and women in the community.

“Soccer relates to life,” Blevins said. “We talk about doing things right and taking care of the things that we have control over. Sometimes the game doesn’t go our way, but there are certain things like being on time, treating each other right, respecting the competition, being a good sport that we have control over whether we win or lose. We hold that in high regard.”

Not only do the coaches instill character in their players, but they also keep the game fun.

“I love the game,” Leon said. “I like having fun competing with my teammates against the other team.”

The coaches and players also like success and expect nothing but success.

“We hope to be competitive in every game, earn one of the four playoff spots, and win the district championship,” said Schroeder. “We want to be prepared for our big playoff run.”

JOSH JORDAN is a junior at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.

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