Payson High School soccer team members are chomping at the bit to begin play and finally line up against someone other that their own teammates.
After all, they have been practicing a full month; scrimmaging only among themselves, which can get boring whether you are a high school player or a pro.
The PHS student athletes will receive the opportunity to challenge others tomorrow, Aug. 28, when both the boys and girls teams travel to Eagar-Springerville for preseason scrimmages against the Round Valley Elks.
The Lady Horns scrimmage RV at 2 p.m. and the boys scrimmage at 4 p.m.
Because the clash is a controlled scrimmage, no score is to be kept and play can be stopped by coaches for instruction.
The girls scrimmage will mark the coaching debut of former Lady Horn soccer star Amy Wilcox, who took over the reins of the program last spring after former coach Joe Schmidt stepped down.
For the Longhorns, Chris Avakian is beginning his second year and with a group of just 18 student athletes that turned out for the team. The lack of numbers means there will be no junior varsity team this year.
Keith Williams has been selected team captain and Avakian is counting on him to provide much-needed leadership to what will be a young group of players.
Wilcox has eight returning letter-winners upon which to build her team, including Liz Romberger, who last year was named All-East honorable mention.
Romberger was also the team’s leading scorer with eight goals. She also doled out four assists during the Lady Horns’ 8-7 season.