"This year we are looking to improve on our record from last year and to make the playoffs. We came one game from making the playoffs last year,"Foxcroft coach Luis Ayala said. "Playing in class B is very challenging. There are no weak teams in our division. Every game is a battle and we need to be physically and mentally ready to play when we face these opponents."
Despite having a very young team, the Ponies still have plenty of experience, thanks to freshmen and sophomores getting plenty of varsity experience last season.
"This summer was very important for us in getting ready for this season. We had great turnouts in the off-season conditioning, soccer camps, and summer league games. There is an excitement from our players for this coming up season," Ayala said. "We have a special situation here, were we have a lot of experience, but at the same time we are still young."
Sam Keane and Evan Hong will provide senior leadership. Keane, Julian Zepeda, Matt Baiamonte, and Antonio Ayala will play midfield for the Ponies.
Hong and Justin Diamond will provide scoring punch on the forward line. Hong was the leading scorer last season.
"Our strength this year is our team leadership. I feel they know what to expect this year. They are going to do everything they can to get the team ready and prepared to meet our expectations,"Ayala said. "Our strengths on the field is our midfielders. We will go as they go. They will have to control the play the and the pace of the game. In the defensive side they are going to fight for control of the ball, and they are going to have to make quick and decisive decisions on the offensive side."
The Ponies lost a key defensive player due to injury during the summer. Ayala and the Ponies will need someone to step up and fill that void.
"Injuries is part of any sport and every team, and for us its no exception. This summer we lost a key part of our defensive side to a broken leg,"Ayala said. "As he goes thru rehab to get better and stronger we need somebody to step and take charge in the crucial sweeper position."
The Ponies will play four of their first five games at home. Click here for the full schedule.