Soccer Dogs end season with high expectations for 2017

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By R. Alan Richardson

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boys’ soccer team lost their nal match of the 2016 against a tough and very well-coached East Jackson team 3-2 last week to end the season. East Jackson jumped out 2-0 on the boys’ team within

the rst 15 minutes of the game. Coach Aaron Paul commented, “We made some adjustments and played very well in the sec- ond half, and ended up los- ing 3-2. I was disappointed that we couldn’t come to- gether with a win for the nal game of the season, but I am very proud of how

everyone didn’t give up. I told the team that I needed to see them overcome ad- versity in the second half, and I think we did despite losing.”

Dogs nished the season 4-8-2, and 2-4 in region play. “Although our region and overall records are not where we want-

ed them to be, we showed tremendous improvement in many di erent aspects of our game this season. Next year we are return- ing at least seven starters, most of which will be ju- niors, but also about ve or six other guys that were able to get critical varsi- ty minutes this year and

make an impact. Starting with next season we will really start to have some depth on both our varsity and JV rosters which will help us get to the next lev- el. I am excited for next season because we have so many returning players, but also because we are going to introduce a sum-

mer program for the boys’ soccer team that will help us tremendously next sea- son. I am already looking forward to next season and I know the team is, but we have some work to do this o -season to help get our speed and strength where it needs to be before Janu- ary,” observed Paul.

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