WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - The Wichita Falls high school boys soccer team is back in the regional tournament after making a run at state... two years ago and the Coyotes are leaning on that experience in 20-17 to help them this time around.
“That experience we had two years ago was once in a lifetime but luckily we have the chance to go back again," Coyotes senior defender Adrian Botello said. "I want the younger kids to be able to experience what I did two years ago.”
“When we went two years ago," WFHS head coach Patrick McCauley said. “We didn’t have that, we had never gone that far and now that we’ve got a few, definitely two starters and a few guys that have been around the team and on the team that year. It’s not a normal situation but it brings some normalcy to it because we’ve been there before, a lot of these kids have been here before and it’s a good thing for us and its a benefit for us going forward.”
To get to this point, the Coyotes have relied heavily on captains and seniors to step into leadership roles.
Old High has won all three matchups this playoffs by one goal and the Coyotes will continue to lean on that leadership to lead this team that will start three freshmen in the regional semifinal.
“Oh it’s very important because they have been in this type of games," Junior midfielder Marco Barron said. "They’ve been in the high pressure situations and some of our freshmen have never played high school so for their first year to come out here and play in these big high-pressure games, coming down to one goal games in the last minute; the seniorty definitely plays a big factor.”
“Fortunately we’ve got those kids that we can rely on," coach McCauley said. On the field, in our captains and our seniors, but it’s good to know as a coach that we’ve got kids on the field that can do my job on the sideline, on the field.”
The Coyotes will face off against Lake Dallas in the regional semifinal Friday, April 12 inside Memorial Stadium at 10 A.M.