Through the first three matches of the season, the Yukon boys soccer team has not had the results they would like but coach Neil Hilton is happy with the effort his team has put out in the young season.
“Our work ethic has been great since we started practicing a couple months ago,” Hilton said. “We are 0-3 right now but we have battled and competed hard in every game we’ve played. The opposing coaches have been very complimentary on how hard our guys are playing.”
In the first two weeks of the regular season, the Yukon boys have played non-district games against Stillwater at home, at Mustang and at Westmoore. Stillwater and Mustang are two very good teams in Class 6A and were tough matches for the young Millers.
“Mustang and Stillwater are two very good, solid clubs with good and experienced players,” Hilton said. “We were disappointed with the Westmoore outcome because we felt we like we controlled the game for the majority of the time but we just couldn’t finish on our opportunities to score the ball.”
Hilton said he knew his team was going to have struggles early in the season because of the amount of players they lost to graduation from last year’s team.
“We graduated nine seniors off of last year’s club,” Hilton said. “We are only returning three players who have varsity experience to this year’s team, so it is going to take a little bit to get to where we want to be as a club. Our effort and work ethic is very good, so we are happy with that.”
Yukon is taking this week off from practices because of spring break. They will practice again on Monday and they play at Edmond Santa Fe at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and then play in their first tournament the following weekend.
Hilton said he feels like his team can improve and make a playoff run toward the end of the season.
“I feel like we just need to get that first win under our belt,” Hilton said. “I think we can get better and get better results by midseason and make a push to playoffs by the end of the season.”