The Summit boys soccer team has struggled at the end of the district season, but coach David McDonald said his team is in a better position than it was last season heading into the playoffs and said he is confident his team can pick things up.
Summit played Joshua on Tuesday after the press deadline, and in order to have a strong playoff run, McDonald said it would take a couple of things.
“We've had to shuffle some of the kids around to different positions, so I hope that we have everything in place,” McDonald said. “We are all starting over again. The biggest thing for us is that it starts with defense. We have just got to keep the ball away from our goals. The games we have done that, we have been successful. Any time that we have to force ourselves to score goals and dig ourselves out of hole, we struggle.
“If we can establish a rhythm and score some early goals, those are the games we can lock down and take control of the game.”
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Summit wrapped up the regular season on Friday with a draw with Legacy, and McDonald said, overall, he is very pleased with how his team performed this season.
“As a whole, we kind of ended up in the same situation that we were last year,” McDonald said. “We knew that we were going to be young, but we also knew that we were probably good enough to get into the top four spots. Expectations start to change, and you start kind of changing your expectations.
“Last year, we had three games left to play in district. We were in first place, and then we had a lack luster three games to finish out the season, and we dropped. This year, we dropped to second, but last year, we dropped all the way to third.”
McDonald said that he is hopeful that what happened to his team last year year in the playoffs does not repeat itself.
“We strung a couple of bad games together, but I'm hoping it does not parlay itself into the playoffs the way it did last year,” McDonald said. “Last year, we ended up tying the game in the bi-district round, and then lost in a shoot out. We were one and done just like that.
“I'm hoping that being a higher seeded team his year, and being a two facing a three, that we can get through that first game and get things back on track.”