By Jordyn Timpson
Mason Times staff writer
After defeating Saginaw Heritage on Saturday, Sept. 24, the Mason High School varsity soccer team added another win to their 13-0-2 season record. In the Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) Gold league, the team stays undefeated with a 3-0 record, with two more games left. Head Coach Nick Binder said one reason they’ve done so well this season is the large number of upperclassmen on the team.
“There’s a lot of experience on the team; all but our keeper are either juniors or seniors and have been on varsity for a while,” Binder said.
Members of the team agree that since most of them have been playing together for so long, they get along and work together better.
“We’re all really close, have good team unity and like each other,” Captain and forward Tyler Raab said. Raab, a junior, has been on the team for three years and is currently sitting out for a few weeks due to a fractured ankle.
Last season was the first time in eight years that Mason did not win districts in the league, so the team is hoping to bounce back and regain the championship title. Binder said they will be hosting districts this year, so it’s even more important for them to win. In order to accomplish this goal, the team will have to focus on both strengths and weaknesses.
“We have a quick start—it doesn’t take us as long as it would if we didn’t have the experience we do. We also have good offense,” Binder said, “but we need more depth and focus defensively against good teams.”
Captain and center back Nick McNeilly also agreed that they need work on defense against the better teams and he hopes they have some shutout games, which is where the other team doesn’t score at all during the game.
“We need to work on playing above other teams; we tend to play down to everyone’s competition,” said McNeilly, a senior.
Collectively as a team, McNeilly said everyone likes each other and has been playing together for so long that they all are leaders.
Districts for CAAC Gold will be hosted by Mason starting on Oct. 18. For more information on dates, times and locations of games, visit the Mason High School boys soccer blog.