Gators chompin’ into playoffs

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Spring Creek’s soccer team finished its regular season tied for first place in the conference, with Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan, at a 9-3 record in East Central 2A play. The Gators’ coach Jeremy Houser is adamant that if his team sticks together, they can accomplish even more success this season.

Finishing a season with a 17-3 record and losing to only two different teams is no easy task to accomplish, but when a team is more worried about winning instead of individual stats, matches tend to work in their favor and that’s the story of Spring Creek, according to Houser. The Gators have standouts that may have the numbers, but every player is held to the same standard.

“We want to have a sub come in and you see no drop off, that’s the important thing because playing in a tough confernce like we do, having fresh legs is essential,” said Houser.

There seems to be a confident swagger to the Spring Creek team as every player tends to show that any moment could be the difference between winning and losing.

“How our team has stuck together and kept their composure throughout the season is what I’m most proud of,” said Houser. “The comradery this year is the most important factor so far. This is an extremely special group of players to coach this year. They understand their role as a player on the field and that is part of a greater good in terms of the whole team rather than being selfish and only worrying about stats.”

As the Gators get ready to head into the playoffs, the plan is business as usual for Houser’s squad.

“Our attitude is the same. We put our heads down and grind out a quality 80 minutes of play,” he said. “If we do that, I know our team can beat any other team when it comes to soccer. But all the pieces have to be there: effort, skill and mental focus. If those three things show up with us, I know we’ll be successful.”

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