The Harrison boys soccer team boasts high expectations coming off its state runner-up season in 2015.
After a disappointing loss in the state final, the team hopes to come back even stronger.
“I think the team this year will be as good as last year, even better since we don't have to depend on as many seniors as last year,” said senior Mohamed Ayad. “Now it's just everyone this year working together to make it to state again and win it this time.”
The Raiders are powering through teams early this season. They have opened 4-0 this season against Lebanon, Fishers, Guerin Catholic, and Westfield.
The team chemistry has improved since last year.
“Our team chemistry has improved majorly because we’re all friends,’’ said junior Justin Rowe. “We all hang out outside of practice and school which is really important for success on the field.”
The powerful attack of the Raiders is a major key in what could win them games with all of their attacking players scoring at least one goal.
With Jakub Hall and Ayad leading team’s scoring with four goals apiece, the Raider attack looks pretty potent.
“Yeah we will definitely make state again,” said a confident Ayad. “We're working harder and getting better everyday. We really connect as a team. We just need to keep scoring and not invite any goals in.”
Harrison is definitely looking more connected than ever and could make a run to state.
One of the minor weaknesses of the Raider soccer team is the small-numbered defense.
“We definitely defend better as a unit,” said Rowe. “We need all 11 players helping on defense.”
Junior goalkeeper Calvin Walters has some shoes to fill in place of former superstar keeper Kyle Bugay.
This season for the Harrison boys soccer team is looking to be a good one with its eyes set on winning state.