Boyertown High boys' soccer coach, Scott Didyoung, knew that he would have a young team coming into the season. The team has had their ups and downs so far, but started the season very strong with a 0-0 draw to Downingtown West High School, a team ranked second in the South Eastern Pennsylvania poll (Philadelphia Inquire). They followed that with a 3-2 win over Perk Valley in the second week of the season, and the Vikings are one of the better teams in the PAC-10. They have a league record of 3-4, and are 4-5-1 overall."Recently, we have lost a lot of matches 1-0," said Didyoung. "We have clearly outshot the teams. The boys have passed a lot better and have better technical skills than them. We've controlled the ebb-and-flow of the game, but on the scoreboard we haven't come out successful.
"It's been very frustrating for the kids at this particular point in time and I feel badly for them because they have worked so hard.
"We have a young team as far as experience goes compared to other years, and we have a lot of underclassman in key roles. They are getting varsity experience early in the season. Their technical skills are where I want them to be, but the areas that we are behind in are we are not finishing well and need to improve on the mistakes."
Coach Didyoung knew that he was going to have a young team, but after playing Downingtown West and Perk Valley very well, he felt that the team may have a great year. The team isn't playing consistently right now. They're have trouble putting the ball in the back of the net.
Didyoung is hoping that the team gets through the early season struggles and knows that it's a mental thing. The team has to work through it. They also need to build their confidence with a few more wins.
As a coach, it's his responsibility to help the team handle the frustration and help them work through the growing pains of the "We talk things out, but there is only so much that you can say," said Didyoung. "We try to work hard in practice to improve on the areas that need improving and hope that things take care of themselves. The boys have to put the ball in the back of the net.He had two players who had varsity experience from last year. They are Matt Campbell (Sr. keeper) and Trevor Johnson (So. sweeper)."Matt is one of the captains selected by the team," said Didyoung. "Matt saw some time last year, and I consider him a returning player. He exhibits the characteristic of a captain. He cares ' he's affected by the results, and the boys need to look up the captains and respond to them."The captains need to lead and motivate the rest of the team to be at their best. Trevor is the from last year. He played sweeper as a ninth grader and he can play multible positions. Trevor can also play at midfield for us and he's very versatile player."Some things never change, and the league continues to grow and get better. "Owen J. Roberts is strong, Phoenixville is strong because they lost the fewest amount of starters," said Didyoung. "Spring-Ford is strong and it's the same teams that are strong every year and there's no change."Teams in the PAC-10 are winning more non-league games than they have in the past. Owen J. Roberts beat Great Valley earlier in the season. The league is improving and being more competitive."
The expectations for the team are the same every year, and this year's team is no exception. Coach Didyoung expects the team to contend in the league, make the district playoffs and possibly making the state tournament.
Coach Didyoung feels that team goals are always reachable, but the team needs to keep a positive outlook. Anything can happen to any team on any give day.
"Teams can change and go from having success to not having success," said Didyoung. "You need to come out and work hard each and every game and let the chips fall where they may. I believe that game-in and game-out, we are going to achieve our objectives and are always going to succeed."
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