By Kylee Demauro
Cougar News Blog
Boys Soccer is officially back at Cactus Canyon, and the team has high hopes for the season.
The pressure hasn’t been bad on the players, except for the goalies Zane Baxter and Jose Nieto. That position is new to both athletes but it is critical for the team.
“Since I’m goalie, there is pressure on blocking it and making sure the other team doesn’t win,” said Baxter.
Coach Art Helfgot has been preparing for the season by the practicing skill drills, flow of the game, positioning, and conditioning. The team has been working very hard on finding out more about the game and each other.
“I feel really good (about the season). I feel like we’re going to become better as a team,” said Efren Carlos Giron.
The team has many goals, such as getting better every game, playing their best, and becoming better people in general. Coach Helfgot has never coached in Desert Middle School Athletic League before. Therefore, he has no idea what the competition will be like. In the past, boys soccer has won three championships.
“My only goal is to see that we play better each game, learn the skills necessary, and understand that a team will beat a bunch of players every time,” said Coach Helfgot.
The team and coach expect many student athletes to step up. They mostly expect eighth graders in general to step up. Such as, Leo Castenanda, who has considerable skills.
“Who steps up individually to demonstrate leadership skills, I’m looking forward to seeing that,” said Coach Helfgot. “I’m not sure that’s easily expected at this age. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.”
The team has a lot of core players who show significant experience and skills. There are also players who want to work hard to get better. The athletes will continue working on communications and playing better as a team.
“(The communication helps the team because) it shows them what to do and how to do it,” said Baxter.