Boys soccer begins new era

Those involved with Carlinville High School’s boys soccer program began the 2013 season Aug. 14 with a new coach in charge.

Practice sessions initially have been from 4 to 6 p.m. every day after school for the twenty-plus players.

New coach Tim Johnson was leading a heading drill shortly before 5 p.m. at Davis Anderson Field at Loveless Park. Later on, the players broke off into pairs to further hone their skills.

Early on, the focus has been on getting acclimated to a new coach and working hard, according to Johnson.

“Right now, I think the main thing is just getting adjusted to each other,” said Johnson at an Aug. 15 practice. “They’re new to me, I’m definitely new to them … The thing that has been the main focus is we’re just going to work hard. They worked hard yesterday with some conditioning and with some ball skill stuff and soccer-related skills, and they’re doing the same today.”

Though it will take patience with a new coach in place, Johnson’s is seeing improvement.

“We’re already building that trust between me and them and them and me,” Johnson said.

The team’s first game is set for Monday, Aug. 26, at Southwestern. The varsity contest begins at 5 p.m. Carlinville’s first home game is Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at Loveless Park.

“We’re going to prepare ourselves so that we’re ready to play,” Johnson said.

Coming up with a game strategy will take time, Johnson said, but one thing’s for certain:

“We will be in the mind set to go out and compete.”