Mansfield Sports

Summit boys soccer hopes to heal up before playoffs

The Summit boys soccer team wrapped up an impressive regular season, finishing in second place in the district standings after beating Lancaster by a score of 3-0 last Friday.

Coach Alex Bravo said that he has been pleased with his team’s effort throughout district play this season and said the Lancaster game was a good win.

“I thought the team performed well, considering that we’ve had some injuries over the last few weeks,” Bravo said. “We had to move up some young guys that we know are future varsity players, but would have to step up.”

The Jaguars will take on Dallas Samuel in the opening round of the playoffs at a time, date and location to be determined, after spring break, but Bravo said he knows that his team will have its hands full in the bi-district round.

“I know they are going to be good, because last year they were a playoff team,” Bravo said. “They’ve got some very skilled players. I used to coach in Dallas myself, and they have a lot of kids with high skill levels, so it will be a challenge.”

Bravo said he was very impressed with the type of season his team was able to turn out, especially considering that he lost 15 seniors from last year’s squad.

“I thought the team responded well,” Bravo said. “We had a strong foundation from last year’s team that were still around, and that kind of helped us to build from them. Then the young guys stepped up big time, and we reached our goal, which was first and foremost to make the playoffs. Now the goal is to just to take it one game at a time.”

Bravo said he is feeling pretty good about the way his team is playing as the playoffs approach.

“I think that the next two weeks are going to be good for us,” Bravo said. “It will allow us to get healthy and make sure all the pieces are still in place. We’ve been playing with a different lineup for the last four or five games, so hopefully, we will be able to get our lineup back to where it was before.”