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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys soccer will field an experienced and still relatively young team entering the 2011 season.
â€śWe return quite a few lettermen,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski said. â€śWe have three seniors this year and probably around nine or 10 juniors. A lot of experience coming back. Weâ€™re working on the basics right now. Things are going smoothly.â€ť
The junior players have been seeing significant playing time for the past two seasons since they were freshmen. Rezmerski thinks a return trip to the playoffs would be a huge boost for the team as many of them would be returning as seniors next season.
â€śMost of these kids played a lot since their freshman year and most of them started last year,â€ť Rezmerski said. â€śWe return almost our entire starting team. We took our lumps last year. Theyâ€™re a little older, still mostly juniors. We look to improve on last year, definitely try to go .500 and make the playoffs this year. I think that would be a huge boost for them going into next year if they can get in this year.â€ť
Entering this season, Rezmerski said the Rams hope to be able to trust each other and play within the flow of the game.
â€śPlaying as a team with the flow of the game and learning how to move as a team, work together,â€ť Rezmerski said. â€śThe biggest thing for any team is everybody has to be on the same page and work together. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been emphasizing mostly is confidence in the guy beside you. You have to trust that heâ€™s going to do what heâ€™s going to do and you need to know what heâ€™s going to do. Confidence in the guys around you.â€ť
Rezmerski said he is confident the Rams can flow with the speed of soccer on the varsity level.
â€śEven though theyâ€™re a young team, they have a lot of playing experience,â€ť Rezmerski said. â€śThey know what to expect, they know how fast the gameâ€™s going to be. Just a matter of getting all the players on the same page is probably going to be the hardest thing to do. They all have experience, this is nothing new to them.â€ť
Rezmerski is assisted by Jeff Costanzo and Adam Thorwart this season on the coaching end.