The Kayhi boys soccer teams season is in full swing. Last year, the team went 7-10, beating JD (1-3) and TM (4-0).
Senior Mark Jasper has been working on his game in the offseason, going to Sunday drop-ins at the recreation center, highschool drop-ins, and is in the indoor KYSL soccer league.
“It’s different than other sports because you always have to be working on your touches,” said Jasper.
Many Kayhi students go to drop-ins or go to the field with other team members to work on their skills. Senior Jake Taylor is one of the many students who depend on other activities to keep them in shape.
“For me personally, I try and just count on basketball to keep me in shape for soccer,” said Taylor. “I don’t do much to prepare other than that because basketball keeps me busy.”
The Kings lost many valuable players over the offseason. Junior Sullivan Schulz mentioned Dawson Daniels, Izaak Jensen, and Henning Pankow as some of the more valued players that the team lost. Nevertheless, he believes that the seniors will step up and fill those holes.
“We have lost a ton of seniors that were valuable last year,” said Schulz. “Still, I think that our offense will be killer this year. Mark, Brayden, and Jake should step up and fill those holes.”
Because Thunder Mountain didn’t lose any seniors, they should be much more of a threat then they were last year. It may not be as easy to go 4-0 against them.
“I think TM is going to be a threat this year. They lost no seniors, and we are basically playing with a new team,” said Schulz. “ We only get a month to play together until our first game against TM, so hopefully we can play well.”
Brayden Linne believes it may be difficult to beat rival Juneau Douglas because of the loss of seniors. Still, he and the rest of the team remain hopeful for the upcoming season.
“I think it’s gonna be a lot harder with all the seniors gone,” said Linne. “But our team is young, and can hopefully learn what they need by the end of the year.”
Taylor said that with a new varsity team, there will be plenty of new members that bring different strengths to the team. With Tim Cook back at goalie, it will make playing JD an interesting matchup.
“We are trying to get a lot of people to play this year so that we will have lots of strengths,” said Taylor. “I think we have a good chance to beat or at least compete with Juneau this year.”
During the offseason, co head coach Juan Robles has seen significant work put into the game by his players, with many kids in other soccer leagues to improve their skills.
“We’ve been busy playing along with city league, and a lot of the younger kids got to be apart of the timber club team,” said Robles. “I have already noticed a lot of maturity in players since last year which is exciting for any coach to see.”
Coach Robles is excited for this upcoming season, and is looking forward to all the new faces.
“I am honestly just looking forward to getting out there and playing,” said Robles. “We have a great group of kids and a lot of new faces which is going to be a lot of fun.”
The Kings first game is April 3rd in Juneau.