Willard soccer players at practice.
Posted: Tuesday, 21 August 2012 5:48PM

Lineup overhaul for Willard



Willard, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- Willard boys’ soccer coach Tim Magee begins his fifth season as head coach with a young, inexperienced team, but he is confident they will thrive.
 
“If our youth can grow up real quick, we will have a very successful season,” said Magee.
 
Willard finished the 2011 season with a loss to Carthage in the district semifinals. The Willard Tigers were 15-11 overall.
 
The 2012 season begins with only three returning starters: Kurt Hamilton (sr.), John Delatorre (jr.), and Cooper Dunn (soph.). 
 
Tryouts began on Aug. 6, commencing what Magee called “hell week.” He and assistant coach Brad Hornback put 32 students through drills and scrimmages and intense training.
 
“It is a tremendously physical and mental training regimen,” said Magee.
 
The varsity team will face Joplin on August 30. Joplin enters this season with a 2011 record of 18-3-2. Magee is not worried.
 
“We’re going to be young and fairly inexperienced, so our goal is to learn a little bit from each practice and improve in each game,” Magee said.

Willard soccer
Coach: Tim Magee
2011 season: 15-11 overall


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