Robert Salmon attempts a penalty kick in practice on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans are undefeated in area play. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)
Robert Salmon attempts a penalty kick in practice on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans are undefeated in area play. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

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Charles Henderson soccer in driver’s seat for area title

Published 11:00pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 

The marquee in front of Charles Henderson High School boasts that the school is the place “where champions are made.”

Some may see it a bragadocious, but nearly all of the Trojan teams have backed up the slogan. While the baseball team is currently ranked No. 1, the soccer team is quietly putting together a solid season in it’s own right.

The Charles Henderson soccer team sits at 7-2-2 on the pitch this season, and has not lost a match since the middle of February.

“The coaching staff, Head Coach (Rick) Braisted, Coach (Curtis) Chesser and myself, have really pushed for the team to get better every day,” said assistant coach Will Bailey. “The kids have really taken that to heart, and it is evident. From the day we started, they have improved daily, and are ready to meet the challenges that lay before them.”

The Trojans are 3-0 in region play, with two wins over Providence Christian and one win against Houston Academy.

Halfway through region play, with road matches at Houston Academy and Andalusia, the team has went back to the basics at practice to pick up the intensity level.

“This is a really competitive group of guys,” said Bailey. “It is a blessing for us coaches at times because we don’t to do a whole lot of motivating. We can spend more time on X’s and O’s, which has helped us this season.”

With the playoffs looming a few weeks out, the coaches are hoping to the team to peak at the right time.

“In all sports, pro or non-professional, you want your team to peak as the playoffs are beginning,” said Bailey. “We talk about it every day. If each one of our guys can go home at the end of the day and tell themselves that they got better, we did our job. We can go as far as we want ,if we put in the work.”

The Trojans next match is slated for April 1 against Dothan at 6 p.m.

Matches are played at the Charles Henderson Middle School football field. .

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