Airdrie boys high school soccer teams prepare for new season
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:33 am
With inclement weather conditions and a reading week in between, the preparations for the 2014 Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) boys’ soccer season have been disjointed at best.
However, with the opening game of the season on May 6 pitting the Bert Church Chargers and the George McDougall Mustangs against one another, both teams are hitting the pitch at full speed to make sure that they are ready.
“I think everyone is in the same boat right now,” Chargers Coach Brandon Nordoft said. “We were able to have one tryout outside on April 15 before the snow came the next day, and then we had one inside the next day before everyone went on break.”
“We are actually right at the start of things for our team, as we had our first practice on Monday (April 28),” Mustangs Coach Iain Cain said. “We did have a meeting and do some fitness work before hand, but we are going full-throttle for the season opener.”
Chargers gunning for title
After finishing in second place to the Cochrane Cobras in 2013, the Chargers will be looking to nab the RVSA gold medal this year and end the Cobras’ three-year title reign.
“We have a total of 19 guys on our team this year, and a number of them have played before, so we don’t have to spend a lot of time working on aspects of the game,” Nordoft said.
“However, the first games of the year will be an adventure as they get used to being a team,” he added. “Our coaching staff will be sure to react to that and make adjustments as we need to.”
Mustangs well balanced
Having lost in the semi-finals to the Cobras last year, the Mustangs are expecting to return many of the players from the 2013 roster, along with some new faces who are trying out for the team for the first time.
“When we set our final roster at the end of this week, I think you are going to see a decent mix of all four grades being represented,” Cain said.
“At the end of last season, we were worried that we were going to be a little top-heavy with Grade 12 guys, but we have had some Grade 9 players who have really stood out in our first practices,” he added.
Both Airdrie teams will find themselves squaring off against one another for their opening games of the season on May 6, as they will take to the pitch at Bert Church High School at 4:45 p.m.
“Bert Church beat us in the regular season last year, and they have improved a lot over the last couple of seasons,” Cain said. “We are looking forward to playing them again, and I’m sure they are as well.”
“It’s always a good game when we play each other,” Nordoft added. “It looks like the Mustangs have a strong team once again this year, so it will be interesting to see what happens.”