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Boys, girls soccer teams prepare for season

Both Fresno Christian soccer teams come into the 2018 season after experiencing opposite results of their 2017 campaigns. While the girls soccer team reached the valley championship, the boys soccer team failed to win a league game. The upcoming season provides a clean slate for both teams to start over and improve in all areas of the game.

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Both soccer teams begin practicing for their seasons, Oct. 29. The first game of the season takes place Nov. 20.

The biggest hurdle for both teams to overcome includes the loss of multiple seniors from the starting lineup. Last season, the FC boys soccer team lost three seniors while the girls team lost six senior players.

For the girls, they come in with players ready to assume the roles of leadership in the both the sophomore and junior classes to overcome the loss in graduating seniors. Rylee Schwab ‘21 is one of these ready to step in and help out.

“I can definitely improve as helping be a leader on this team since we lost a lot of seniors,” Schwab said. “I feel like there’s people that need to help step up and lead the team to win league.”

As for the the boys team, they failed to win a league game all of last year, however, Reese Brown, ’19, hopes to change that this season with the addition of a new coach. In addition to more winning, he believes that the team can improve in every area of the game.

“The coach seems like an awesome guy who really cares about the program and doesn’t want it to be a joke like last year,” Brown said. “I don’t think that there is any area that we can’t improve in. I think with the new changes, we already have and will continue to improve this season.”

Kyle Clem talks with Rylee Schwab, ’21, about the upcoming girls soccer season.

The girls team ended last year with a 1-0 championship loss to Rosamond High School. This game came as a result of a spectacular season from the Eagles. They went 7-3 in the league and Schwab managed to score 32 goals during the season. This previous season brings the hope of winning a league championship and also another valley championship appearance. Schwab hopes to face Rosamond again and believes they are up to any challenge presented to them.

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Ellie Scully ’21 practices ball control during practice Oct. 29.

“I think we can be very good, we are supposed to, for sure, win league and we have a lot of preseason games that should be really big challenges for us but I think we’re up to it,” Schwab said. “Our goal, for sure, is to see Rosamond again and hopefully get to the Valley Championship, so, we’re not done here.”

The 2018 season brings another new change for the FC soccer program. The new boys team head coaching position has been taken over by Ramon Martin del Campo. Martin del Campo plays for the Fresno Foxes as their center back and helped lead them to a 9-13-12 record in their inaugural season.

Martin del Campo looks to come into the 2018 soccer season and change the culture of the soccer team. His plan for this includes shifting the mentality of the team and perfecting the defense.

“The biggest thing to improve on is the mentality,” Martin del Campo said. “This soccer program is going to be taken seriously this time. When our mind switches into a winning mentality then next is the skill and tactics. I plan on teaching the boys defending smart. Depend on team defense and team shape to close games.”

One addition to both teams comes from the freshman and sophomore classes. Both of these classes remain as the future of the FC soccer program and both Brown and Schwab believe they can strongly help out the team.

The Fresno Christian soccer season officially begins when both soccer teams take on the Summit Charter Huskies at home, Nov. 20.

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Kyle Clem can be reached via Twitter: @KyleClem5 or email.

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