By Ray Conner
In recent years the Broncs soccer team has really been searching for victories.
This year will be no different as they get ready to take the pitch for the upcoming season.
Kern Valley in the past five years has only won two games. In that time they are 2-83 overall and 1-43 in High Desert League play.
This year could be a turning point for the Broncs soccer program as third-year head coach Keith Mundy is back.
A crop of young players that have been together for some time infuse the team with an energy and enthusiasm that he will try and build on to become more successful this season.
He was asked the following preview questions, with his replies following:
What year of coaching are you in? “Year three.”
Who, if any are your assistant coaches? “Peter Cormack.”
How many players on this year’s team? “Nineteen.”
What are names and grades of all the players? “Alten, Carson-10th, Armes, Maximus-9th, Blagg, Hunter-10th, Bowman, Robert-12th, Davis, Gunner-9th, Deaver, Ty-12th, Epps, Dalton -9th, Goss, Zach -11th, Grimsby, Brett-11th, Jones, Payton-12th, Lapham, Matthew-10th, Lubin, Kyle-11th, Meacham, James-9th, Milleson, Jacob-9th, Olson, Morgan-12th, Pearman, Vincent-10th, Thomas, Nic -12th, and Waldrop, Blake-11th.”
How many and names of returners? “12: Goss, Grismby, Bowman, Pearman, Deaver, Waldrop, Lubin, Thomas, Blagg, Jones, Lapham, and Olson.”
What is your goal as the coach this season? “We have a lot of incoming freshman that we are excited to see how they mesh with our upperclassmen. So our goal this season, like any other, is to see the on-field growth, not only with individual skill but as a team!”
What is your goal for the players this season? “Team unity and communication!”
Who are the key losses from last year’s team? “Clayton Hiles, Ranjot Dhillon, Wesly Harkey.”
Who are the potential key additions to this year’s team? “The incoming freshman class has been playing together for a while. Meacham, Armes, Epps, Milleson, Windham, Alten, and Davis.”
What are you looking for in the non-league portion of the schedule? “With getting Boron in the league this year our non-league is very short. So, with just two games, we are looking to see how the team meshes during competition.”
Who are the teams to beat in the HDL? “Well, the teams we are looking forwarding to playing are Boron and Cal City; we match up well against them.”
What is the strength of your team? “Our strength this year is going to be our incoming group that has played together and how our upperclassmen are going to work with them.”
What are the areas that need work? “Team communication and passing as a team!”
Kern Valley began its season on the pitch on Tuesday as they traveled to play Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano).