Despite losing 13 seniors from a season ago, the expectations have not changed for the Zionsville boys soccer team. The team still expects to be one of the top teams in state and compete for the conference and sectional championships.
"This time of the year, everyone has high ambitions and hopes, just like we do," Zionsville head coach Rob Jordan said. "The ultimate goal is to obviously win state. The first place we start is the conference. Winning our conference is tough. Our conference is absolutely stacked. Last year we had seven teams ranked at some point last year. This year, the polls haven't come out yet, but there will be six teams in the top-20. We feel like if you do really well and win the conference, or if you don't win be close to the top, you have done well. After that, we want to win the sectional and have some individual goals."
Practice has been going on for about a week and a half. So far, Jordan likes what he sees from his team.
"We have seen a lot of great effort and a lot of hustle," Jordan said. "It has been really exciting. The guys have been working extremely hard. We have a lot of newer kids, so I think a lot of them are still looking for their place on the team, but the attitude has been great and the effort has been stellar. That is what it is all about. I think that is what is going to push us through this year — the strong effort. We have a lot of talented kids but it certainly helps to have that effort and desire."
For more of this story, see Aug. 14's Times Sentinel.