New cleats, freshly cut grass, and fierce competition: it’s that time of year again. The  soccer boys for The Gregory School reunited back in early August, all anxious to see what this year’s season would look like.

Having lost prominent upperclassmen last year, the team’s leadership shifted largely as new roles were created that needed to be filled. Balancing college applications, class loads, and extracurriculars, returning seniors David Castillo and Skylar Decker both said that that they were ready to take the team to many victories, and hopefully another state tournament in October.

Although there were eight graduating seniors on the team, both Decker and Castillo say that the skill level is still high and that the team has a lot of potential.

Decker, one of the team’s forwards and a leading scorer for the Hawks, stated that the loss against Desert Christian was “frustrating, but a good learning lesson for the team. We were upset, especially since we almost won in double overtime. We’ll get it back, though.”

Decker also said that his co-captain, junior Eric Johnson, is crucial in leading the team this season, and that the energy on the field this year is unlike any other. The seniors and Johnson are confident that the team will make it to the state tournament and do well there, though their season will be a daunting one.