With the regular season wrapping up this week, Cesar Robalino believes the Farragut boys soccer team has the potential to advance in the upcoming Class 1A-6 district tournament.
“When we have a full squad, we can compete with pretty much anyone in our district,” said Robalino, who is in his third year as the BlueJackets coach.
The BlueJackets (3-6, 2-5) have played several games this year shorthanded due to Farragut’s unique situation in which many players are late returning to school after the Thanksgiving and Winter break. In addition, a few key players missed some games due to injuries.
“We’re back to full strength now,” Robalino said.
Robalino says center midfielder Kaan Gezen, center fullback Tony Hoang, center midfielder J.C. Scherer and striker Ivan Volkov have been instrumental in helping the team achieve the most regular season wins since Robalino first arrived at Farragut.
Ivan leads the team with five goals while Tony has been the mainstay on defense.
In addition, the team – with eight seniors – has gradually found its chemistry throughout the season as the younger players (two freshman and four sophomores) have matured.
“We’ve been able to find our rhythm recently and that should play a major role in how we do in the district tournament,” said J.C., the junior captain who is in his third year at Farragut. “We have a good mix of players from young to old so it’s just a matter of us playing together in the playoffs. I like our chances.”
The BlueJackets will most likely face Indian Rocks Christian in the first round of the district tournament, which begins play on Monday, January 22 at Calvary Christian School in Clearwater. For more details and updated information, please visit: http://www.fhsaa.org/sports/boys-soccer.