A pair of Raider soccer players prepare for the upcoming season at practice Wednesday afternoon. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)
GOOD HOPE – Good Hope High School will be adding a new sport this spring, fielding soccer teams for the first season since 1999, and there's already a big turnout for both the boys' and girls' squads.
According to head coach Alan Scott, the huge interest from the students was the deciding factor in starting soccer this season and the expectations are big for the first year.
“We have over 30 students in the soccer program at this time,” Scott said. “We want to represent the school and community well. The athletes are working very hard to compete at a high level.”
Some of the players on both teams already have experience playing soccer, which will be huge for Scott and the rest of the coaching staff.
“We have several players who have played soccer for several years,” Scott added. “This will be vital as we add in a few others that are relatively new to the sport. We also have two coaches, Adriana Skutchan and Damian Rodriguez, who are very knowledgeable.”
The squads began practice last week, and with the first matches coming up in mid-February, the coaches are looking forward to a good season.
“I am looking forward to seeing our student athletes learn to play soccer as a team and increase their athletic ability and skill level,” Scott said.
Some of the team leaders will be Andres Aguilar, Oscar Tepetate and James McWhorter for the boys' team, and Hannah Adams, Peyton Caudle and Karla Guadarrama on the girls' team.
"I think that any time you can give students an opportunity to excel in something they are passionate about, it is a great thing,” Scott said. "I hope the Good Hope community will come out and see what great students we have in our school."
Good Hope's opening matches will be on Feb. 12 at Fairview. The girls will start things off at 5 p.m. and the boys will follow them at 7 p.m.
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