By Bailey Beringer
Cactus Canyon athletics got off to a quick start in the second season with boys soccer beginning the first few days after fall break.
Tryouts started on Oct., 17, and the final rosters were posted two days later at lunch. Thirty-two boys tried out and 23 made the squad.
Coach Matt Horton tested the boys with drills such as passing, dribbling and running. Horton was also looking for their effort on the field in addition to their overall individual skills.
“During tryouts I looked for things such as passing, moving of the ball, individual skills, attitude, and overall effort,” he said.
The Cougars practice each day from 2:30-4 p.m. on the field behind the school. Throughout the entire season, there will be six away games and five home games. Cactus Canyon played in the championship game last season and Coach Horton is expecting another winning season.
“I expect big things from each player,” said Horton. “It’s what will make this season a successful one.”
The players are also looking forward to a favorable season.
“I’m ready and I hope we can work the team fundamentally,” said player Luke Brownlee.
The Cougars won their first game Oct. 27 at Mountain Vista Middle School in Queen Creek.
“Our strength is in our attack,” said Horton. “We build up fairly well and are also able to hit shots on frame once we get into the offensive third.”