Moore Haven soccer team ready for new season

Moore Haven Terriers

Moore Haven soccer coach Felipe Morales is excited to start his third year with the program and his second year as head coach.

He predicted the soccer team will be competitive this year. He noted while there are some new players on the squad the majority of the team is filled with returning players.

Key players on offense will be Angel Galvez, Leo Rosas, Franklin Lopez and Jermaine Riley.

Morales said one of the keys to the early practices of the team was to get their playmakers the ball in places where they can score goals.

“Two of those four played together last year. We are working hard in practice to get the ball to our weapons,” he noted.

Key defenders include Delfino Mayorga, Carlos Cardona and Oscar Galvan.

Coach Morales said he thinks the defense can do a solid job this year. “We are working hard to have them prepared. I like the fact that the kids come to practice focused and ready.”

Moore Haven joins a new district this year with some new schools. The Terriers compete in District 1A-8. Other schools include Canterbury, Community School of Naples, Evangelical Christian, First Baptist Academy, Marco Island Academy, Neumann, Seacrest Country Day, and Southwest Florida Christian.

“I don’t have a good idea on what to expect in districts this year. I think anything can happen in soccer. We are just training hard to get our players ready.”

Morales said he feels he is fortunate to be able to coach alongside his former teammate at Moore Haven.

Saul Leon will serve as assistant coach. “We planned to do this while we were in high school and now we are grateful for this big opportunity.”

Morales said he has a lot of passion for the sport and the kids and wants to see them improve and to succeed. “Nothing brings me more happiness than being able to step on that high school field as a coach. We try hard to pass on what we’ve learned and we’re taught and trained to do when we played.”

Morales also emphasizes that the kids do well in the classroom before they come out to the soccer field.

“I expect hard work, sportsmanship, and passion for the sport. In order to do that, they have to put in the work in the classroom.”

Morales said the team has plenty of good athletes; they just need to have them play together.

Moore Haven Terriers

“We want to help them realize how great of a team they really could become,” he added.

The team had their first home game on Nov. 7 against Evangelical Christian. Other key home games include Marco Island Academy on Nov. 10, Seacrest Country Day on Nov. 11, at Okeechobee on Jan. 4, Pahokee home on Jan. 5 and Pahokee away on Jan. 11.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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