By DAVID LOPEZ
The San Benito Greyhounds will probably be again this Friday with a stable staff, displaying as much as their first recreation in opposition to Brownsville Hanna with eight returning starters, 4 on offense and 4 on protection.
Amongst these is the receiver and senior Kyler Castilleja, recognized for his fast landing runs, who was named as Dave Campbell Soccer’s Preseason Offensive MVP of the 32-6A district. The four-year varsity participant will concentrate on his new place whereas nonetheless taking part in as working again when obligatory.
Coach Dan Gomez has not named any staff captains but, however Castilleja mentioned he’ll try to be extra of a pacesetter now that he’s in his senior yr.
“I feel simply the work ethic that I convey to each recreation and each follow that now we have has made me the participant I’m,” Castilleja mentioned. “And this yr I’m feeling like I’m going to be extra talkative to guide and encourage my teammates.
The ’Hounds have been coaching for a month by means of zoom, with gamers discovering no matter object or sources to work out at residence.
“For probably the most half, I’ve been right here at residence, working in my yard, or typically on the street, to do my conditioning,” Castilleja mentioned.
For Kyler and shut to fifteen of his teammates, collaborating on this summer time’s 7on7 tournaments proved to be a correct option to keep in form and follow soccer.
“I feel it simply saved me prepared for the soccer setting, and simply being round it and holding myself in a soccer angle.”
Over the summer time, the ’Hounds Performed in six tournaments with the 7on7, taking part in between 40 to 50 video games. The boys went undefeated in one in all two leagues however misplaced within the semi-finals at nearly each match. If these video games had been any indication, the Greyhounds are greased up and able to roll into the autumn season.
“All of us have ambition for the sport. We’re able to go. We’ve been ready for this beautiful a lot our entire lives. For lots of us, this will probably be our senior yr, so we’re all fairly pumped up,” Castilleja mentioned.
“It feels good as a result of if we didn’t have a season, a variety of us wouldn’t know what to do with out it. For lots of us, it’s our life.”
Lastly, Castilleja mentioned that followers wouldn’t go residence upset regardless of the restrictions and the present well being disaster.
“Our staff goes to be coming with a successful angle to each recreation that we go to, each follow, all the pieces we do, so we’re anticipating to go fairly far this yr and do one thing that’s by no means occurred earlier than,” he mentioned.