Soccer coach has high hopes for players

Back Row (from left) Nick Allen, Jesus Escalante, Mitchel Morawski, Jacob Sharpe, Matthew Black, Brent Bayley, Sam Huller, Johnny Fallis, Pedro Bottene, and Head Coach Thaler. Front row (from left) Tristan Bennett, Brennan Burrows, Mario Palacios, Chris Escalante, Nathan Vaquera, Tristan Vokes, Coda Mendoza, Miguel Magdaleno-Rodriguez, Nick Morawski, and Cavan Vince. Photo by Matt Johnson.
Back Row (from left) Nick Allen, Jesus Escalante, Mitchel Morawski, Jacob Sharpe, Matthew Black, Brent Bayley, Sam Huller, Johnny Fallis, Pedro Bottene, and Head Coach Thaler. Front row (from left) Tristan Bennett, Brennan Burrows, Mario Palacios, Chris Escalante, Nathan Vaquera, Tristan Vokes, Coda Mendoza, Miguel Magdaleno-Rodriguez, Nick Morawski, and Cavan Vince. Photo by Matt Johnson.

Oxford’s varsity boys soccer team is aspiring for excellence and looking to build upon past success, according to Head Coach John Thaler.

While the team, consisting of 20 athletes with seven returning players, opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Dearborn Crestwood on August 18, Thaler said the team won’t be letting that loss define the season.

Thaler said the team has showcased some of their greatest strengths during practices throughout the season. He noted the high levels of technical skills that have been demonstrated by his athletes so far.

“They come with a lot of great training,” Thaler added.

Thaler said he has high hopes for every single one of the players on the Wildcat team this season.

“No one is above the team. They are all equally capable of contributing to the overall success of the team,” he said.

Of course, every team has room for improvement and, according to Thaler, Oxford’s varsity soccer team already has a game-plan in place when it comes to advancing.

“We want to make sure we’re competing at every level in every single game,” said Thaler.

The team was recently defeated by the Dexter Dreadnaughts with a 2-0 score on August 24 in a non-league game, moving the Cats to 1-4 overall.

Despite the loss, Thaler said he is confident in his team’s abilities and is looking forward to another successful season for the Wildcats.

“We’re looking forward to another great season, continuing our winning ways within the soccer program. We want to make our Wildcat family proud of our accomplishments,” added Thaler

 

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