Slow start for boys soccer team

GardenValley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

By Brent A.

The GVC boys soccer team kicked off the 97-98 season with a scoreless tie to AMHS. So far, the team is winless this season, after falling to Carman 3-2, in a well-fought battle. Their record now stands at 0-1-1. But the team has had some good luck coming in second place in the Winkler soccer tournament, losing to Stonewall in the finals.

Jamie T., the team captain says, "This year will be a rebuilding year, because of the lack of experience and with the high number of rookies." Still struggling in the begnning of the season, the team is convinced that the season will turn around in their favour. " There are at least 15 rookies out this year, and only five returning veterans on the team, which will have a great impact on our playing style," replies Jamie.

This year's team is coached by Mr. Lorne Warkentin, who has coached the Zodiac boys for the last three years. Last year, the Zodiacs came in third place in their division and missed the play-offs as a result. Josh H. will be defending the Zodiac's net this year. This will be Josh's first season in the goalie position.

With only four other teams in the division, Jamie comments, "This year's competition is really stiff." With practices everyday, games twice a week, and tournaments on the weekends, the Zodiacs are working very hard to clinch the Zone 4 championship.

With the loss of eleven very talented players last year, including goal tender Teneil A., this year's team has to come a long way before the play-offs in October. With a few bad games in the beginning, Jamie says, "The team looks like we're struggling but it's only time until things turn around." And with provincials at the end of October in Strathclair, the team has to come together to win the championship.

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