Senior class leads CHS boys
With nine seniors, Chugiak High’s boys soccer team won’t be lacking experience for the 2012 campaign.
That’s good news for first-year head coach Mikey Evans.
Evans knows it will be challenging to transition from the style of former longtime head coach George Campnell. Evans said he doesn’t plan on throwing too many new changes at the team, but does want to improve on last year’s record.
“As a first-year coach, you always like to finish above .500,” he said. “I’m just looking to develop a group of guys that all play as a unit.”
Chugiak opened its season Monday, March 19 at The Dome in Anchorage with a 4-1 win over Bartlett. Chase Huntzinger, Matt McGimsey, Brady Sanders and Forrest Campnell scored in the victory.
The Mustangs take on East at the Dome at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.
Evans said a few players approached him about the coaching vacancy in the fall, and that he was fortunate to be given the position.
The limited amount of practices before the season opener is a challenge soccer teams have to deal with, Evans said. Players have just two weeks to get the necessary 10 practices in to be eligible for games. However, teams had only five school days to get ready due to the timing of spring break.
“That’s been kind of a grinder,” Evans said. “Getting everyone eligible has been a challenge.”
Thirty-one athletes make up the junior varsity and varsity squads, Evans said. The upperclassmen and freshmen make up the majority of the teams, he said.
Evans said he plans on having a few swing players to give his varsity guys a rest and to gain valuable experience for the future.
“You want to give yourself opportunities to build those younger guys by letting them play up,” he said. “We’ve got guys that are going to play both because they love to play and have good, fresh legs to do it.”
Anyone with varsity experience will be important for success this season, Evans said.
“All the returners are key,” he said. “I don’t like to single out any one individual because it’s a game of 11.”