By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — First-year Sayre boys soccer coach Greg Hughey said numbers were “a little low” as the 2019 preseason began Monday.
“We have 15, and 10 of them are freshmen and sophomores,” said Hughey. “Fifteen is a bit low. We’ve been on the recruiting trail, trying to get more kids out.
“We lost three kids to the football program,” he added. I’m glad to see the football team winning, but it was bad for us.
Hughey, and assistant coach Rich Post, have both coached teams at Valley Youth Soccer, and Stateline soccer before that. The duo also have one year of junior high soccer at Sayre under their belts.
Hughey said his goals for the preseason are two-fold: team-building and conditioning.
“The main thing I’m looking for is to establish a good team base, and to work on communication,” he said.
“If we get our fundamentals down, communicate well, and play with a lot of heart and hustle, I don’t care what else happens,” noted Hughey. “If we play hard and hustle, and improve every week, then we’re winning — the record doesn’t matter.
“With just 15 guys on the roster, we’re going to have to be in shape,” he added. “Our morning sessions has been all about conditioning.”
Hughey notes the majority of his team was hard at work last week.
We got a little bit of a head start last week,” he said. “Twelve of our guys went to varsity training in Vestal. Four hours a night, they were working with top trainers. They did a lot of conditioning, ball work, passing, drills, shooting … our goalie got to work with a top goalie.
“We have a little more of a base under us than some of the other teams might,” added Hughey.
Sayre will open its season Aug. 30 against Galeton in the opening game of the Galeton Tournament.
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