Home highschool soccer groups sit up for a “regular” season – Press Enterprise
There was increased excitement during Monday night’s soccer practice at Norco High School.
Norco was among several domestic soccer teams training in full pads for the first time this summer, another sign that the start of the 2021 season is imminent. The Cougars are preparing for their scrimmage against JSerra on August 13th and their week 0 season opener against Vista Murrieta on August 20th.
“I think everyone is looking forward to having a normal season again,” said Norco senior quarterback Kyle Crum.
The past football season was anything but normal, as the coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the season several times. Most domestic teams only managed to play 3 to 5 games in the spring due to this late start, and there were no CIF Southern Section playoffs for the first time since 1943-44 (World War II).
Brian Hildebrand, a freshman coach at Rancho Cucamonga, said he could feel the enthusiasm of his players.
“Last year was definitely a challenging time for everyone,” said Hildebrand, who led the Temescal Canyon to a 4-1 record in the shortened spring season. “Now there is a clear path and the roadmap has been set. That gave them a greater sense of hope and they are all very excited to come out and compete. ”
Norco made the most of the shortened spring season, winning 5-0 and beating Big VIII League rivals Centennial for the first time since 2009. Cougars coach Chuck Chastain gave players a week-long hiatus after the final game of the season (April 15), but the team headed back to the weight room to prepare for a new season.
“That short break made for a busy summer, but everyone is looking forward to having a full and normal season again,” said Chastain. “It definitely feels very different from where we were at this point last year.”
Crum said he was looking forward to anything related to the game day experience.
“It will be great to have the stands full on Friday night, wearing our jerseys to school and seeing everyone excited about the game,” said Crum. “I can barely wait for it. I want to make the most of my senior season. ”
Teams playing their opening games in Week 1 (August 26-28) can practice in full pads later that week or early next week.