LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s soccer team had the same amount of wins last season as they did this season.
But that’s a bit deceiving, said coach Chris Smith.
“Our record versus last year doesn’t show much improvement. But overall I felt the guys did make a big improvement,” Smith said. “I thought we were way more competitive this year. If we would have had another 30 goals to spread around it would have drastically changed our record.”
In fact, offensive production was one of the problems the Wildcats had in going 6-14-1 overall.
“Depending on the game we were able to score,” Smith said. “But our scoring was down compared to last year. But overall as a team we played better. With the exception of one or two games we were competitive against anyone we played.”
Smith especially thought the 1-5 record in the Central State Activities Association was worse than the play.
“This year I felt in the conference we were competitive,” he said. “We split with Reed City. We were close to splitting with Newaygo. More than in the last couple of years I thought we were right there challenging for wins in the conference. Hopefully that will progress to next year and maybe that will translate into a few more conference wins.”
Smith noted a pair of players switched positions from last year to this and it helped the team.
“Caleb Ruvalcaba switched positions this year and was able to control the ball in the middle of the field and be the distributor in the middle,” he said of the former forward.
“Tim Reed also switched positions, switched to forward and ended up being our leading scorer with 18 goals this year,” Smith said of the former goalkeeper.
Next season there will be some turnover in players, but Smith still believes the team will get better.
“Our guys have pretty high hopes for next season,” he said. “We have a strong corps of juniors that will be back. We are losing some key seniors but I hope the juniors will be filling in the key spots. I think we’ll be fine.”