Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Fox Creek soccer team is aiming high for the upcoming season.
Coming off a 3-9 season, head coach JoBen Rivera-Thompson has expectations to compete in the region.
“My expectation for this team is to be much more athletic and in better shape,” Rivera-Thompson said. “Also, I expect to control possession more. Last year we did not do a good job at controlling possession. I feel like we can be a lot more successful in our region this year. From what I understand, Blackville (-Hilda) is down, Branchville is a little down, so is North and Ridge Spring. I feel like we have the depth and knowledge of the game that we didn’t have last year, to really compete. Last year we had a 3-9 record, but I thought we competed a lot better in about six of those games and had an opportunity to win. We only came out winning three, but I feel like this year a plus-8 win season is achievable.”
Rivera-Thompson’s team returns its goalkeeper and a stout defense up the middle.
“I think the strength of this team is up the middle,” he said. “From our goalkeeping, Nick Huey returns to us from last year. Last year was his first year and I had officials come up to me and tell me he was one of the best goal keepers in our region. He’s coming back for his senior year and is prepared to protect the goal for us. It doesn’t end there, I think up the middle with Caleb Veihman and Josh Noble and Gavin Snipes up front, who was a transfer from Strom Thurmond last year and had to sit out. I think up the middle is our strength, we can really control possession there, whereas last year we really struggled with that. Teams beat us up in the middle.”
Although the defense is expected to be stout, Rivera-Thompson is hoping to see some goal-scorers step up for his team.
“I’m hoping our goal scorers this year can be Gavin Snipes, Josh Noble and Caleb, coming in from the midfield position, and Chris McCain,” he said. “Chris has a lot of speed, he’s a senior this year and I think he’s ready to take that step to the next level and score more goals for us. He only scored one for us last year, but he was in the right spots, so, if he continues to be in the right spot, I think he’ll be rewarded with more goals this year.”
Noble, a senior striker for the Predators, expects his team to be defensive oriented.
“I’m expecting us to make it far, we’re a good team and we have a good setup,” Noble said. “I think our defense is going to carry us. I’m hoping this is a championship team.”
Fox Creek will travel to Midland Valley on Monday and will then travel to North on Tuesday.