Winona boys soccer coach Mark Austin is counting on an influx of young players to provide depth for his team this season..
“We have a lot more depth this year," he said. "There are quality people we can sub in.”
Playing shorthanded while awaiting the end of the football and cross country seasons, the Tigers began the season with a scoreless tie against Pelahatchie and a 4-1 loss to Greenville.
Noah Durham, an eighth-grader, scored the Tigers’ goal against Greenville, with an assist from sophomore Sam Matriasciano.
Other key players include senior midfielder Nick Murphy, senior goalie Jon Reuben Chesteen and sophomore midfielder Carson Holly.
“I’m going to be relying on a lot of young kids,” Austin said. “Playing together and communication will be the key.”
First year coach Michael Cox has a young team, with only four seniors and three juniors. “I would consider this a rebuilding year, to build for the future. There are going to be ups and downs, but I’m excited about the future.”
The Lady Tigers will use a 4-2-3-1 alignment. “That will give us our best opportunity with the players we have and the skill set we have,” Cox said.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers were set to host Kosciusko Tuesday.