BH soccer eyes playoffs, create similar success
Barbers Hill sports has become synonymous with success.
In 2019 alone, every program enjoyed some type of postseason success and in many cases, reveled in multiple ones.
Except for soccer.
The fourth-year boys program (and its girls counterparts) missed out on a playoff spot last spring when it finished 4-15-1 overall and 1-11 in District 21-5A, finishing sixth.
Now head coach Brian Moore would like his boys to join the playoff party along with the other Eagle teams as the program enters its fourth year.
“This fall we have put a huge emphasis on skills and competition,” Moore said. “Everything we do first and foremost we want to compete – and we have done that so far. We have had some lively practices where the boys get after it.”
Eight returning starters are back including senior center midfielders Enrique Mendez, Enes Durmas and Logan Salazar and senior forward Steven Copeland. Sophomore forward Jacob Tran is back after making a freshman splash with five goals and senior goalkeeper Zach Thompson.
Moore is also counting on contributions from senior forward Andrew Chaman who could provide some offense in the attack this season.
That comes with building a program that started off with just enough players to make it to a varsity kickoff.
“We’ve come a long way,” Salazar said. “You can see it in our skill and how we play in games. We just practice a lot, trying to get better and our coach is dedicated to it.
“We have more kids coming out. That first year we just had a varsity team.
“Our goal is to make the playoffs. But the main thing is to progress.”
Things are trending upward, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles are lacking in work to do.
“Since Thanksgiving break we have put more of an emphasis on defensive shape,” Moore said. “Early on like I said we had a different focus but now as we are getting closer and closer it’s our overall team defensive shape and philosophy that needs work.”
The district will be challenging once again and so earning one of the four playoff positions can not be taken for granted.
“Every team is capable of winning on any given night,” Moore said. “With that being said, I like how we match up with everyone in the district. We have the most talent returning in my four years here. We have a really strong senior class and some talented young players as well.”
Despite not having been a part of the recent Eagle run of playoff successes throughout the school, the soccer team is optimistic its time is coming.
“Those other programs had more time to progress and we are just starting out,” senior David Martinez said. “We are getting the momentum and we should do better this year. It’s only our fourth year. We now have a JV and we can train those guys a little bit earlier to get better.
“Hopefully we can make the playoffs to put our stamp on the program.”