The Wildcats soccer team has been practicing in the mornings during the Edge to take advantage of one of the coolest points in the day.
The Edge for Coach Alexi Upton and his team are currently in week five of their six week run of the summer strength and conditioning program.
The Edge for soccer concludes next Thursday, July 15.
With the Edge wrapping up next week for not only both soccer teams but for most of the squads who hold a summer strength and conditioning program, we met up with Coach Upton to discuss how he felt the Edge went for his team during their six week run of the strength and conditioning program.
Like the last time we met up with Coach Upton in mid-June, the Wildcats coach said the team has averaged about 20 participants, and with 60 kids involved in the soccer program, it amounts to about 1 in 3 student-athletes from soccer are attending the Edge.
“We’ve had a lot of kids that have been here pretty much everyday,” Coach Upton said.
Several coaches, along with the Wildcats soccer coach, still wish that kids who are currently present in Sulphur Springs would have attended the Edge.
And while the numbers may not have improved significantly over the last three weeks, Coach Upton still sees a lot of hard work and dedication from the students that have been showing up and showing out.
“It’s been good,” Coach Upton said about the Edge. “I’m really proud of that group of guys,” Coach Upton said about his regular attendees of the summer strength and conditioning program.
Coach Upton said fans and followers of the Wildcat soccer program can expect a group that works really hard and is well-organized.
Even though the coach and his team lost several key players due to graduation, notably Joel Pasion, Omar Hernandez, Bryant Sanchez, Jorge Santacruz, David Moreno, Kason Blake, Garrett Reams, Alejandro Diosdado and Alex Rodriguez, this year’s Wildcats squad will have to be well-organized if they wish to make a run at the postseason like they did last winter.
Due to the fact that Coach Upton and his team lost so many significant starters and role players, they will have to work harder this year than last to pull out victories against tough opponents in District 15-5A.
In spite of this, Coach Upton said, a number of incoming seniors and a few juniors have stepped up to a leadership position to best fill the holes that were made due to graduation.
The Wildcats soccer coach said new leaders are pivotal to this year’s team success, “especially since that senior class last year that [the Wildcats] just had so many good leaders and and so many good guys that were doing the right thing all the time.”
Coach Upton said that while this a part of running a sports program, he will still need more players to step up and take leadership positions if they wish to succeed come wintertime.
After the Edge concludes next Thursday, July 15, Coach Upton and his Wildcats will take a bit of a breather thanks to some time off before they jump head-first in to the school year.
Also, Wildcats soccer coach Alexi Upton released a flyer and QR code recently pertaining to the upcoming soccer camp that will be held at the end of July.
The camp runs the last week of July and will last four days from July 26-29 (Monday through Thursday). The soccer camp will be run by Coach Upton and is welcome to students ranging from entering kindergarteners to ninth grade.
The cost of the camp is $50 and is welcome to both boys and girls.