Spring sports are coming up, which also means boys’ soccer tryouts are soon. The official first day for tryouts was Monday, February 27, and they lasted for three days.
During these three days the coaches tested each player’s skill and conditioning; conditioning plays a big roll in soccer because soccer only has two very long 45-minute halves. While most athletes who tryout are more likely to get cut from the team, the ones who make it to Friday will end up on the team.
"It's where I feel most comfortable on the field. I like diving and the feeling of blocking a shot."
There are only two teams a player can make, the junior varsity and varsity. This year 33 players made the team. Each year there are tons of students who want to be part of the soccer program. In fact, there are so many each year, the coaches are forced to choose only the best players, who will help the team the most. There are many returning players from last year.
Ej Ricardo, a returning goalie for Logan High who has committed to play at Western Wyoming said he tries to practice every day so that he is in the best shape before tryouts. He is a senior so this will be his last year playing for the Grizzlies.
“If I’m in better shape than before, everything becomes easier.”
Ricardo has been playing goalie for four years now. “It’s where I feel most comfortable on the field. I like diving and the feeling of blocking a shot.” He believes he is ready to start varsity this year and will be his best year yet.
The team will be run by seniors Jonny Guadarrama, Aye Moe, Raynger Keckler, Juan Lopez, Jose Luis Mendiola, Hamed Dosso, and Ej Ricardo. Some juniors who can have an impact are Erick Reyes, Angel Ayala, Miles Clark, and Gabe Guerrero.
Last year Logan took second in the region behind an undefeated Juan Diego team. Their record was 10 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties. Their season was cut short in the semi-finals against Snow Canyon.
This year will be different because Ridgeline will be a new addition to the region. The region now consists of Juan Diego, Bear River, Ben Lomond, Morgan, Ridgeline, and Logan. The Grizzlies will start their season off against Ogden on March 7. We wish them luck this year.