Youthful team has playoff hopes

Jordan Tucker-Willaford, Staff Writer

The 2010 varsity boys’ soccer team didn’t turn out as the Broncos would have liked as they posted a 3-13-2 record and missed out on the post season.

Fast forward a year and you will find a youthful team with just three starters back, but that hasn’t discouraged Coach Scott Heffley from having high expectations for this year’s squad.

Twelve players from last year are gone, but the three are back will play a key role early.  RJ Ponder, and Corbin Rodriguez, will bring experience to a young defense and Alex Foster someone Heffley says “is a courageous and opportunistic goal scorer” will lead the offense.

“We have a hardworking but young team. I believe that if we stay healthy, we should improve from each game as our young players gain experience,” Coach Heffley said. “I think we will have our share of ‘growing pains’ early in the season, but I am confident we will be hitting our stride when it counts late in the season.”

In order to be successful, Heffley notes that his team will have to make up for their youth and lack of experience by outworking their opponents and being better organized. He also says the team must grow together and learn from their mistakes.

If the Broncos can experience some early season success anything is possible in a district where everyone appears to be even. Ryan and Birdville appear to be the early favorites, but after that it’s wide open. The other four teams in the district are Lake Dallas, Argyle, Timber Creek and Byron Nelson.

“I think every team in our district has a legitimate shot at post season play,” Heffley said. “I like the character of the players we have this year and have a good feeling. It has been a struggle for the program the last couple of years, but I think we are taking steps in the right direction.”

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