In 2007, the then Sen. Barack Obama was campaigning to be president. “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s was a hit song. The year 2007 was also the last time the Denton High School boys’ soccer team made it to the playoffs.
Now five years later, Obama has entered his second term as president, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is the new hit, and one of the strongest boys’ soccer teams to ever play at Denton High is looking to claim a district title.
The team beat Guyer High School, who made the 5A playoffs a year ago and four days later, they beat last year’s district champion, Birdville High School, to start district 2-0.
“It’s a big win for both the team and the players. When we beat strong teams it shows the players that they can compete with the top teams in the district,” coach Scott Heffley said. “The beginning of district games looked really difficult on paper, but we pulled off some good wins against two really good teams.”
The team also had a solid win over Ryan High School before heading into district. The win showed the team it could compete at the next level.
“The key to our success is our players are just playing smart and aggressive,” Heffley said. “We’ve been closing out games when we need to. Our seniors have been doing a great job of leading the team.”
The team has five sophomore starters this season, which has created a lot of its success.
“These sophomores have grown up together, and they all played together on JV last year,” Heffley said. “Our JV team was one of the strongest I’ve seen in maybe seven or eight years. They’ve been a tremendous help to the whole team.”
WILLIAM CROUCH is a student at Denton High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.