Posted: Wednesday, 28 August 2013 1:34PM

New coach revamps Parkview soccer



Springfield, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- As he starts his first season as Parkview’s head coach, Brandon Randall is excited about making the transition from Class 1 to Class 3 in hopes to bring winning ways to the Viking’s soccer program.

“I’m very excited about this upcoming year,” Randall said. “Our goal is to never give up and to always play hard enough to keep a winning record. The sky is the limit for us.”

Coaching a combined 34 wins in the last two seasons at School of the Osage, Randall makes the move to Parkview after the Vikings finished with a 4-19 record in 2012.

“Making the leap from Class 1 to Class 3 is different in some regards, but what I’ve learned from my coaching experience is that good soccer is good soccer, no matter what level it’s on,” said Randall. “I didn’t walk into a bad situation at all. Winning four games last year just means we have to work twice as hard to gain back the ground.”

Randall faces a clean slate as the incoming head coach, and he plans to revamp the Vikings by executing the right effort and attitude both on and off the field.

“The first thing I would do as head coach anywhere is to analyze the team and understand what we can control,” said Randall. “Having the right mentality makes all the difference, regardless of talent.”

Parkview’s Midfield trio of Louis Taylor, Josh Hess, and Jacob Carlson make their way back to the varsity roster for their senior season, leading the offensive attack for the Vikings.

Senior Aidan Griffin and junior Noah Pratt take the role as Co-Captains of the defense, while David Perches returns senior experience after moving to Goalie.

The Vikings are relying on some youth, as freshman Demetrius Guyer and sophomore Shane Mulberry will hold down at forward.

Though Parkview’s secret weapon might lie within two of their newest additions to the team. Spain foreign exchange student Guillermo “Willy” Ibarro and Badri Hamwi of Dubai are both going to be playing a big part of the varsity roster.

“I enjoy getting to know the new group of kids,” said Randall. “I have my own way of doing things, and it’s hard to transition at times. We will have moments where things will go wrong, but we’re going to be patient and stick to our game plan.”

Parkview will open their season at home, as they host the Springfield Central Bulldogs Sep. 3 at 4:30 p.m.

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