CHS boys' soccer return 1 starter; girls' Redwine sisters return
Canyon head boys soccer coach Rob Rush knows that his offense must come to grips now, otherwise he may not see that rainbow at the end of the trail and a possible shot at the playoffs.
"We have alot of work to do with our offense now, especially the last two scrimmages we had against Bastrop and Austin SFA where we did not score goals, despite the fact that our defense is way ahead of our offense," Rush stressed.
Last season, Canyon reached a 12-8-6 clip and lost to Kerrville Tivy in the regional quarterfinals. With only one returning starter back from last season, midfielder senior Srew Stephens may have more on his plate if the Cougars want to climb back into the playoff spotlight.
Other top prospects include: SO Stephen Schriewer, MF Nico Rieben, MF Zak Tanner, MP Lucas Orona, D Chase Wilke, D Riley Lynch, and MF Arturo Romero.
"Both Lynch, Romero and Stephens will be the playmakers for the team early. It's a talented group of kids but very few of them have varsity experience and right now we're looking to find the right combination," Rush explained.
Currently, Rush feels the New Braunfels Unicorns no doubt will be the team to beat for the crown in 28-4A as they return all of its starting unit.
"We will play them twice ... that's when it all comes together for the final decision," Rush concluded.
If the Redwine sisters can duplicate an awesome fete like last season, the Canyon Cougarette girls' soccer team may be heading for another repeat finish in 28-4A.
Canyon ended its season with a 18-7-0 clip and lost to Lake Travis 1-0 in the area round playoff.
"We've played well, so far we've played Boerne and Dripping Springs quite well in scrimmages and did an outstanding job in controlling the ball. Right now we feel that we are close to where we want to be at this stage of the game," head coach Dustin Gold explained.
The Cougarettes welcome transfer students Georgia Haas and Loren Gayton who played ball elsewhere and have displayed some excellent moves which could really ignite the Cougarettes' chances.
The Cougarettes return G Ashley Gosdin, D Simone Dahlem, D Kayla Redwine, F Sarah Redwine, and MP Jenny Holm.
"In the past, we have had seven or eight strong players, but now we feel that we have more in every position," Gold noted.
Depth and overall strength will be the biggest items that are positive for Coach Gold and right now "we feel that New Braunfels will come back with a strong team and we will have to make things happen then."