Soccer season is in full swing as teams will begin district play as early as this week and it already looks as if the team to beat in CCISD will be a familiar face, the Veterans Memorial Eagles.
The boys soccer team is off to a fast start once again this season. Led by senior Karlo Lopez, the Eagles are 9-0 and have already won two in season tournaments including the Mira Gulf Coast Classic. And while it may be hard to improve upon an already stellar season last year, head coach Jerry Wade thinks the Eagles have done just that.
“This team is really defensively strong from the front to the back and our midfield is very strong,” Coach Wade said. “And our possession game has taken it up another level this year.”
The Eagles have are also playing with far more aggression this year as well.
“We just go at them quick,” Senior and Mira Gulf Coast Classic MVP Karlo Lopez said. “We are really aggressive and I think we just have a lot of speed on our team and all of our players are big threats.”
But at the end of the day skill can only take teams so far, and it is the attitude that is driving this Eagles team.
“It’s our heart and our determination,” Goaltender Mark Pelaez said. “We practice everyday and we wake up at 5:30 every morning.”
The Eagles will begin district play against Miller Friday, January 18.