The boys’ soccer team has also hit the pitch despite some depleted numbers but will vie for one of the top teams in their district once again.
The first trio of games was more so tune-up matches for the junior varsity players who will be seeing time on the varsity stage as there aren’t enough to field its own team.
Head coach Juan Perez said he returns seven players from last year and has 11 new faces to filter in and he was able to evaluate a lot of those players in the initial games of the season.
Although a win did not come there was one tie to beef up the record to 0-3-1 so far, but a majority of those minutes were played without his varsity starters.
But Perez was able to see the strengths and weaknesses of his team in which he regarded the newbies on both sides.
He noted it is surely a step up in competition from what they’ve seen and that will take time for them to make that transition, but at the same time, they will be gaining experience for years to come as to how to handle themselves and what to do on a game-day and how to train during and in the offseason.
He will rely on senior goalkeeper David Ponce-Gomez to anchor the defensive unit that he needs not to worry about mainly.
“We need offense, the defense is already good,” Perez said. “We know how to play defense but we need to score to be more competitive with the tough teams in our district.”
That district slate will kick in following this weekend’s tournament in Brenham as the Tigers will travel to Wharton Monday afternoon for the first match within District 23.
It won’t be long before they’re back on Chapman Field in T.J. Mills Stadium after being the first team to play on it, and Perez is very much so looking forward to home cooking.
“It will be good to get back there,” he said. “It’s a great field and we were glad to be one of the first teams on it last year.”
He added he will be looking to add onto the success that field saw over the fall, and continue to instill the refuse to lose mindset throughout the school.