Horizon Christian School’s soccer team kicked off its fall season over the weekend at the annual Trout Lake Tournament. The Hawks, who belong to the 3A/2A/1A Special District 5, went 0-2 at the tourney with a 2-0 loss vs. Trout Lake on Friday and a 4-2 loss against City Christian the following morning.
Despite starting with back-to-back losses, Horizon’s second-year coach Rick Whitaker is optimistic about what this season will hold.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to play together,” Whitaker said Monday. “We’ll have a learning curve the first couple of games while the team gets used to playing together. This weekend gave us a good look at where we are strong and what we need to work on.”
Last season the Hawks opened with a similar pair of losses at the Trout Lake Tournament and followed with an undefeated regular season. Whitaker says he is hopeful of a similar progression this season, with an improvement on the team’s third-place district finish that it accomplished last year.
“We really don’t have any one one person who stands out as our star player this season,” he continued. Captains this season will be seniors McKenna Roberts, Timmy Johnson and Austin Requa. “Leadership-wise, those three do a great job of helping the team play together and keeping the camaraderie going.”
With four seniors, four juniors and the rest freshmen and sophomores, Whitaker says this year’s relatively young team will have a lot of gelling to do if they’re going to make a legitimate run at the league title. Special District 5 is comprised of 10 teams, and in lieu of a state championship, each of the five districts at 1A/2A/3A level end their season with league tournaments.
The Hawks start their league schedule Sept. 19 at Life Christian and return home Sept. 21 and 23 for home games against South Umpqua and Southwest Christian.