Mt. Vernon Register-News


August 28, 2013

Boys soccer team returns several key players



Isiah Meyer, a sophomore, joins Jones up top at the forward position.

Mac, of course, is more skilled than Isiah because he's got more experience, and he's been around the ball more,” Duncan said. “But Isaiah's got a nose for the ball. He really likes to go to the goal as does Mac. I'm really happy with the two guys up front.”

Mt. Vernon pushed Marion to the brink in the regional final game a season ago. The Rams and Wildcats traded goals throughout the game. But Marion scored with about a minute remaining to claim the title. Marion continued its postseason run until a loss in the super-sectional against Urbana, which finished as the state runner up in 2A.

Duncan said the team spent the summer trying to improve their fundamental skills primarily.

We wanted to work first of all on our technical skills,” Duncan said. “We need to be little better passing team, a little better first touch, so just working with the ball.”

The other focus of the summer centered around conditioning.

(We) just wanted to get the guys ready for the rigors of the season.

We had a good summer. We had a good turnout. The guys, they bought into it, and they had a pretty good excitement and passion.”

Duncan had 37 players tryout for the team this fall. The group includes sizable freshman and senior classes.

I have 13 freshmen, and we haven't had that many freshmen come in a long time,” Duncan said. “We're big on the top with our seniors. We have big numbers with our freshmen.”

Duncan added that in addition to the high numbers, he possesses quality players as well. A small senior class from a season ago means there wren't too many spots to fill in the starting lineup this year.

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