Boys soccer looks to make a run

Terran Hill, Staff Writer

As the season gets under way, the boys soccer team is confident they’ll make a deep run in the playoffs.

“We have to take it one step at a time, first district, north half, then state,” said senior Diego Valenzuela, a left wing and center mid for the Mustangs.

Coach Blake Lashlee is assisting head coach Andrew Yeoman with the team this season.

“In the preseason we hit some bumps in the road, but now the boys are hitting strides that I didn’t think they would hit,” Lashlee said. “We have an eagerness to get better each and every day, so it’s pleasing to see.”

Lashlee said seniors Jay Price and Ashton Taylor were named co-captains for their contributions to the team.

“They bring the tenacity, the drive, and they push everyone to be better,” Lashlee said.

Price is a center back for the Mustangs. From the start of the season to now, “I feel it’s going to go good,” Price said. “We’ve had some struggles so far, but we have overcome a lot of them.”

One of the challenges was Taylor’s 2-week recovery from a sprained ankle, but Valenzuela said the team would make do.

“We’ll just need the next man to step up,” he said. “We’ve been working really hard and just trying to fight through any adversity we have to face.”