New kicks on the block

Boys soccer begins 2022 district season


Margaret Edmonson

Danny McKeague battles with an attacker at the Ranger Classic tournament.

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor

Boys soccer is taking on the district season with new goals and a new roster.

The team went 10-1 in the preseason, losing only to Reagan in their first match of the year. Though they graduated seven seniors last year, new and old faces are stepping up to take their places. Brad Dildy, a senior and new addition to the team, is a player for San Antonio FC, a professional soccer team that competes at the second highest level of the U.S soccer league system.

“I’m feeling really good and confident going into the season, the team is a great group of guys who have made me feel welcomed since day one,” Dildy said. “I think our team is very strong in our attacking play as we’ve scored a decent amount of goals so far.”

Dildy, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte commit, is the team’s leading goal scorer with 22 goals thus far. Alongside him on the leaderboard are seniors Danny Mckeague, Alex Franz, Xavier Spotanski and Dayton Amaya.

“One of our biggest things this year is our leadership, we have a group that is mostly made up of seniors and all of us have really taken that role of pushing the team and each other,” Dildy said. 

The captains of the 2022 season are seniors Cole Hansen, Dayton Amaya and Alex Franz. 

“I’m excited to have one more year to hopefully make history for the SV soccer program,” goalkeeper Cole Hansen said. “(I am) being positive with the guys and expecting their best every time they touch the field.”

The team played their district opener last Tuesday at Wagner, winning 4-0, and won their first district match at home 6-1 against New Braunfels on Friday. They will play at Clemens this Tuesday, February 1. 

“I think this team has a drive to succeed this season and I believe the team unity is pretty good,” Head Coach Eric Nichols said. “I believe our goal this year is to try and win the district title and advance as far as we can in the playoffs.”