Holy Family soccer made quite the jump from eight wins to 12 under first-year head coach David Martinez a season ago, but the second-round state playoff exit has this group wanting more in 2019. …
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Holy Family soccer made quite the jump from eight wins to 12 under first-year head coach David Martinez a season ago, but the second-round state playoff exit has this group wanting more in 2019.
Despite nine seniors exiting the program, more opportunities should arise to younger players ready to make their mark.
“I think one of the biggest things we can learn from last year is belief and consistency,” Martinez said last week in a phone interview. “The players had a different mentality before I took over. Having high standards of training, how we hold ourselves accountable on and off the field, and the biggest thing, becoming one as a team. Also, it was important for us to have those sophomores and juniors from last year’s team to have the ability to experience everything throughout the entire season. This year is their moment to shine, and a lot of them are anxious to get the season started because we hope to pick up right where we left off.”
Before HF’s season-finale loss to the Classical Academy in a shootout, in the snow Oct. 30, the Tigers hadn’t lost a match in 11-straight contests dating back to Sept. 10. Outscoring their opponents in that time frame, 40-10, Holy Family showed flashes of brilliance led in part by then sophomores Dylan Mcintosh, Liam Burns (goaltender) and junior Alex Troso. The trio will be expected to provide leadership and production for the youthful group.
When asked about what will be lacking from a year ago, the former club coach in Broomfield, Martinez, stated “size.” A senior group averaging a height of around six feet will be missed in the more physical contests, but speed and the presence of young legs could provide the HF offense the ability to play at a faster rate.
At that faster rate, the lone freshman on varsity a year ago, Garrett Havens, and last Ward will head into their sophomore season’s as potential key figures to Tigers. The jump from year one to two is unlike any other in sports, so the growth and maturity of these two, and others, could prove crucial to Martinez’s end goal: a state championship.
“We are really excited. We definitely have a little bit of a sour taste in our mouths about the end of last year, and we are ready to get things rolling,” Martinez said. “It should be a fun year.
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