On March 29, the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association (IAHSSCA) released its preseason rankings for the boys soccer season. Three local teams made the list.
The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers are ranked No. 7 on the Class 2A preseason list. In 2016, the Tigers started the season ranked eighth and finished the season with a 17-4 record and ranked No. 10.
Tigers’ coach Bill Shields isn’t looking too deep into the preseason rankings as no team has played yet.
“It is always nice to be looked on as one of the better teams,” said Shields, “but in reality the current team has to earn that recognition.”
Shields said the Tigers’ main goal of the season is to just make it back to the State Tournament for the eighth time and then progress past the first game. The Tigers would also like to do well in an extremely competitive Raccoon River Conference.
The Tigers first game of the season is on Monday, April 3 in Carroll at 7:00 p.m.
The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs are No. 12 on the Class 2A preseason rankings. Last season, the Mustangs did not start the season ranked, but did finish the season ranked fifth. The Mustangs ended the 2016 season with an 11-6 record.
The Waukee Warriors also were not ranked in the preseason of 2016. With a record of 10-8 the Warriors finished last season 11th on the list. This year, the Warriors are ranked No. 12 in Class 3A preseason.
Warriors’ coach Carlos Acebey looks to the new season with an open mind.
“No teams have played in any games, yet, so everyone is on an even playing field,” said Acebey.
Acebey said he hopes his team works diligently in practice every day. He wants each game to serve as a measure of his team’s capacity to compete and contribute to the greater good. The Warrior coach said his goal for the season is to create a team that encourages one another to showcase their abilities while also learning to play their best soccer.
“Our ranking this year only serves as a reminder of where we finished last season which was underwhelming,” said Acebey. “Our goal is to be the best team we can possibly be. This year we think we have a group that can compete for a state title.”
The Warriors first tournament is one Saturday, April 1 at the Tuma Soccer Complex in Marion. The Warriors first game is on Monday, April 3 at home against Marshalltown at 7:30 p.m.