After coming out with a win against Fossil Ridge High School 2-1 on Friday, Feb. 8, the Timber Creek Boys Soccer Team faced off against Central High School the following Tuesday, Feb. 12 with the same determination they’ve carried all season. Unable to beat out the competition, the team went 1-0, using the loss however to fuel their season.
Since the very beginning of the season, the team has been facing multiple difficulties, suffering the loss of some key players from the 2017-2018 class. Through these challenges, however, they’ve been able to rise back up together to face the next, mentally and physically pushing their boundaries to their limits. After stating earlier that each member of the team has a vital role on the field, team captain Kayden Gomez’s confidence in the team has only grown.
“Without [every single] player’s role, we wouldn’t be as strong mentally as we are currently,” Gomez said. “I still think we have a lot of progress to make but I’m excited to see what [comes] out of the season.”
The team has pushed themselves further towards their goal of reaching the playoffs this year, taking each loss and using it as motivation. Strengthening their communication on the field and training, each player’s flexibility and confidence within each other’s strengths has set the team apart from previous seasons, leaning upon each player to win as a whole.
“Byron and Guyer had prepared us for the Fossil game by allowing [the team] to try different positions and see how we’re able to perform as a team with our different styles of play,” Gomez commented. “Each of us gives advice during practice to try and improve performance and create even better chemistry between [teammates], [and it proved helpful].”
With their next game on Tuesday, Feb. 19 against Southlake Carroll High School, the team hopes to continue their winning streak, focusing on the process overtime rather than the everyday challenges.
“It feels great to have a win under our belt [against Ridge],” Gomez said. “This motivates us even more…[to] know that all hard work we have been putting in each day is paying off, [even if the next game was a loss].”