Exciting boys soccer season promised

High school soccer practices officially began Aug. 8, but Weiser High School’s boys soccer team spent a lot of summer hours putting in time together at the Weiser Soccer Complex on East Park Street. 
 The focused effort paid off at this summer’s Meridian Soccer Invitational in late July, where Weiser’s boys defeated Meridian 1, Meridian 2, and Hillcrest, not allowing scores from any of those teams. The annual tournament gives high school players a chance to meet teams they don’t normally see during the regular season, as well as a chance for coaches to evaluate their players and plan for early season practices.
 Head Coach Kathy Bokides said she’s pleased with the cohesiveness she’s seeing among her players.
 “We have a pretty mature team,” Bokides said. “There are a lot of seniors who started playing up as sophomores. They are strong, experienced, and are strong, positive leaders, as well.
 “We have a lot of younger players out, and they all get along with each other,” she added. “It’s just fun to watch how comfortable they all are with each other, and the respect they show.”
 Bokides said she has seen a lot of growth in her younger players from last year to now.
 “After they ran hills at Memorial Park this morning, one team member commented that he felt pretty good,” she said. “He went on to say that he realized he had cheated himself last year by not putting out enough effort. What a great attitude and fun to see he had learned that in just one year.”
 Junior Varsity Coach Zach Rose said he’s excited to see the growth of each player.
 “I’m looking forward to positive outcomes this season,” Rose said.
 Assistant Coach Seve Bokides said the team is showing strength in both offense and defense.
 “Our goalie is looking good, and their success at the Invitational was lots of fun,” Bokides said.
 Senior team members shared their perspectives on the upcoming season.
 “We faced that devastating loss in the District championship last year,” defender Bryan Juarez said. “We’ve decided to go out, do our best and try to bring home all of the titles this year. We have a mix of younger and older people on varsity this year. I believe we will work well together and have a successful year.”
 Playing stopper, Morgan Brunson feels good about the upcoming season.
 “We’ve been working as a team since the first of summer,” Brunson said. “The chemistry is there and so many of us have grown up playing together. I think we have a chance to do well in District and make up for last year.”
 A midfielder and goalie, Justin Padilla is feeling good about the season.
 “We have a pretty good group of guys, a nice mix of younger and older players,” Padilla said. “I feel really good after the Meridian Tournament. There’s a great chemistry and we are together as a team. They are all willing to work hard together.”
 The team will meet Ontario in the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Ontario, followed up with a home game against Sun Valley Community School on Saturday, Aug. 27.
 They will play another 13 games between then and Oct. 6, with Districts scheduled for Oct. 11 and 13, and State championships in Twin Falls Oct. 20-22.
 Good luck, Wolverines!


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