Boys’ soccer has lofty goals for new season

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang boys soccer team enters the 2014 season with big expectations.

Mustang opens the regular season at 8 p.m. Tuesday against Norman at home. They will also play at 8 p.m. March 7 at Yukon.

“Overall, I feel really good about how we have done in the preseason,” Mustang head coach Jared Homer said. “We have had a lot of scrimmages against good competition. There are things we still need to work on, but I am pleased with where we are at right now.”

The Broncos are returning eight starters from last year’s group that went 6-7, but made significant strides at the end of the season.

Mustang lost six seniors off last season’s team. Goalkeeper Charlie Schneider, midfielder Nathan Whitey, midfielder Josh McDaniel, defender Preston Graf, goalkeeper Dakota Warrington and defender Matt Burns graduated last May.

The Broncos will have five seniors on the roster this season when the ball is kicked for the first time. Defender Dalton Eldredge, forward Colton Haskin, forward Tanner Lynn, forward Alex Schilke and goalkeeper Colton Hadlock will be playing their final season in a Mustang uniform.

The returning starters from last year’s squad are junior defender Josh Vannoy, junior defender J.P. Junglen, Haskin, Lynn, Schilke, junior midfielder Dae Chul Heo, junior midfielder Cutter Smith and junior midfielder Connor Partin.

“We finally have experience all over the field this year,” Homer said. “We have guys that have been playing for two or three years now. The leadership and competitiveness has been really good so far. I am looking forward to seeing what this group can do.”

Homer said the expectation level has risen quite a bit this year.

“We definitely have lofty goals this season,” he said. “Both our staff and our players expect to not only be in the playoffs, but to host a playoff game at the end of the year. There is no reason we shouldn’t be able to accomplish those goals.”