WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita Falls high school boys soccer team is gearing up for another season and they are on a mission this year.
“Kind of a continuation of what we did last year, but with more experience," WFHS head coach Patrick McCauley said.
The Wichita Falls Coyotes made the deepest run of any Texoma soccer team last year, reaching and hosting the regional tournament for the second time in three years.
But the Coyotes have higher goals for themselves.
They want to compete at state, and after struggling on the defensive end a year ago, they say that will all change this season.
“We did kind of struggle last year because we didn’t really have a center back playing that captain’s role,” WFHS senior def. mid. Marco Barron said. “So now that we have some height in the back, we will be able to win balls and just keep the ball better.”
“This year I’ve got six guys who can start in those four positions," coach McCauley said. "I think our strength is going to be the exact opposite that it was last year; our strength is going to be our defense.”
One addition for Old High is junior center back Davis Mays, who transferred into the district but has played club ball with several of his new teammates before.
So that pre-existing relationship, combined with the Coyotes only losing two players off last year’s team, has them exciting for where this chemistry will take them.
“The most valuable weapon we have this year, the combination play, the confidence that each player has because we have known for so long," Barron said. "It’s just going to come out good.”
“It helps everything," WFHS junior CB Davis Mays said. "Just the communication, knowing where each other is going to be at all times, everything about the game.”
In soccer, maybe more than other sports, trusting your teammates plays a major factor.
And as coach McCauley says, this team’s belief in each other is what will help them reach greatness.
“Now that this group has kind of had a taste of that," coach McCauley said.
“They want to be right back there because they know it’s something they can achieve.”