JOHNSBURG - The boys varsity soccer team has thinned out in Johnsburg after the loss of five influential players from last year's team, but still remain hopeful.
The team is young, but still has the potential to compete well against their scheduled opponents, according to coach Russ Moro.
This is Moro's fifth year coaching the Jaguars and will look to his young players to step up and follow the leads of last year's seniors, such as graduated leading scorer Cody Wolf.
Moro is assisted by Mark and Brian Richards.
Last year, the Jaguars posted an average season by Moro's standards and finished out with a 5-6-1 league record and a 8-9-1 overall.
"Players are still winning their spots," he said.
The team's roster will have between 16-18 names finalized before the start of the school year and Moro admits that he is not lacking talent, but may be in numbers.
"What comes out of a season is in direct relation to what goes in," said Moro. He has confidence that the players will invest the right amount of discipline in making this season successful.
Confidence, however, is placed directly in leaders on the front line including junior Sean O'Neil. Midfield starters will include senior Cory Gazaille and junior Kevin Conner, while junior Dylan Wolfe will remain in the goal.
"If the players develop well, play hard, and commit to excellence, we are going to be a lot of fun to watch this year."