Youth revolution

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FHS soccer faces questions early in season

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Fredericksburg High School’s varsity boys’ soccer team faces the second month of the season with lots of questions about its youth.

Fresh off a District 28-4A championship, FHS graduated several players and has to reload to make another run at a conference crown.

“The young players are getting all they can handle right now,” coach Shannon Petsch said. “It has been a rough start for some of them, but they are getting to see the game at a pace they have never seen before and having adjust. In a few more weeks, they should be ready for district play.”

Eight players are gone from last year’s squad and injuries have left FHS reeling through the first month of the 2019 season.

“The season is starting out slow,” Petsch said. “Between injuries and new faces, it is going to take some time to get on the same page. The good thing about this is that all the younger players are getting learning time on the field, which in the past did not happen.”

Back is goalkeeper Joe Sanchez, along with midfielders Jose Cordero, Adolfo Rivas, Alex Silva and Fernando Viveros, and defenders Adrian Para and Yobani Castro.

A lack of prolific forwards has FHS changing its approach to earning goals this season.

“We will be spending more time this year on set plays to try and generate more goals,” Petsch said. “We do not have the true scorers that we have in the past, so it is going to have to be a true group effort.”

Silva, a senior who earned all-district honors in 2018, has five goals so far this season.

The fight for a playoff spot and even the district crown will be tough.

Petsch said Boerne seems to be down and has also been bitten by the injury bug.

Canyon Lake returns almost its entire team and is an early surprise.

“If we are going to compete for a title, we need to get healthy and stay that way,” Petsch said.

As for the playoffs, the focus is making sure the team can do whatever it can to get better in the present.

“We are spending all our time on what is happening now, how to get players healthy and getting a few wins for confidence,” Petsch said.

Three Region IV-4A teams made the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches preseason top 10: Progreso (No. 2), Liberty Hill (No. 5) and Hidalgo (No. 9).