By Ray Hamill — The Loggers have been working hard in preparation for the upcoming boys soccer season, and, according to head coach Eddie Garcia, they’re ready to enjoy the moment.
Eureka opens on Wednesday evening at home to Del Norte, one of seven games scheduled around the H-DNL and the first high school soccer on the North Coast in 16 months.
“They’ve definitely been putting in the work,” Garcia said of his players. “They really want it. They’re very motivated, and they’re just excited to be out there.”
They’re also relatively young, with six freshmen on a roster of 18.
The new players, however, have come ready to play and have had an immediate impact at practice.
“All the kids on the team are stepping up,” Garcia said. “And not just the seniors, but the juniors and the sophomores and the freshmen. Everyone’s committed.”
Senior Jesus Parra is back for his fourth year as a varsity starter, along with returning team MVP Luis Romero.
Fresh off an impressive season in cross country, senior Ian Bennett is also expected to have a big season and rejoins the team after not playing his junior year.
Fellow seniors Josh Manson and Jessie Bravo are also expected to play a big role on this year’s team, along with juniors Ty Bauer and David Parra.
At the back, Vic Vang will help anchor the defense, while among the freshmen Thomas Paoli is expected to contribute right away.
“We’re really excited to see what he can do at this level,” Garcia said of Paoli.
The coach, in fact, is looking forward to seeing what all of his players can do this season.
“The teamwork is there,” he said. “They really have each other’s back. They trust each other and they’re building a bond.”
Wednesday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m.