Season Two of Siuslaw Vikings soccer kicks off Friday, and second-year coach Londi Tomaro can't use the word "excited" enough.
"We have four more players than last year, and a lot of young players to be excited about," Tomaro said Tuesday, as her Vikings boys junior varsity team prepped for Friday's opener at Waldport.
"Two-thirds of our team are ninth- and 10th-graders. That's a great, great building team for us."
Last year's team, with a mix of boys and girls, were a competitive 0-4-1, with all matches on the road.
After opening with a 1-1 tie at Sutherlin, Siuslaw lost at Waldport 2-1, at North Bend 5-0, at Taft (Lincoln City) 2-0 and again at Waldport 3-1.
This year will include more firsts, though the team will once again compete as a boys junior varsity with a boys (14) and girls (4) mix.
The Vikings will play all five Sky-Em League opponents, albeit on the road, and they will have their first home match, closing the season Oct. 12 against Waldport at Miller Park.
"They all look really good," Tomaro said of her young Vikings, 18 strong, including eight sophomores and five freshmen. "They're playing well together, and they have good intensity when we get them in a scrimmage.
"I'm pretty excited to see how they go against another team."
While there's a youth movement afoot, the Vikings offense will lean heavily on senior forwards Ramiro Ramirez and Matthew Hubbard.
"Both are coming out stronger this year than last year," Tomaro said. "And (sophomores) Jason (Garcia) and Imanol (Pelayo) in the middle are looking faster than last.
"Our two freshmen, (midfielders) Noel (Hernandez) and Yoskar (Delamora) are looking good. I'm excited about several players."
Junior Sonny Stillwell-Cloverdale and sophomores Jerrel Brumley and Kayden Lane will rotate at goalkeeper.
"We've worked out our positions," Tomaro said. "We had our offense playing against our defense, kind of a set scrimmage.
"That went well. People are working well together."
And working toward the day that Siuslaw fields varsity and junior varsity teams for both the boys and girls.
"We're definitely building," Tomaro said. "It feels like we have a full team. We've got a set schedule. That's a great step.
"And we have our own home game. So that will be fun, too."
2019 SIUSLAW JV BOYS SOCCER ROSTER
Lucian Murphy, defender
Yoskar Delamora, forward/midfielder
Noel Hernandez, midfielder/defender
Alexander Goss, defender
Dezmond Anderson, defender
*Kassandra Dietrich, defender
Maisie Jones, midfielder/defender
*Jason Garcia, midfielder/goalkeeper
*Jerrel Brumley, defender/goalkeeper
*Imanol Pelayo, midfielder/defender
Jaime Morales Martin-Mora, midfielder
Morgan Delle, midfielder/forward
Kayden Lane, midfielder/goalkeeper
*Sonny Stillwell-Coverdale, defender/goalkeeper
*Jaxson Jensen, midfielder
*Ramiro Ramirez, forward
Katlynn Tipton, midfielder
*Matthew Hubbard, forward
2019 SIUSLAW SOCCER SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 6 — at Waldport, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 — at Elmira, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 26 — at Marist Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 — at Cottage Grove, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3 — at Marshfield, TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 8 — at Junction City, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 — Waldport, 10 a.m., Miller Park
Siuslaw drops hard-fought Sky-Em League opener at defending league champion Cottage Grove, 3-2.
Siuslaw entertains Newport in home opener at 7 p.m. Friday at Hans Petersen Memorial Field.
Siuslaw heads to Cottage Grove to take on the defending Sky-Em champion Lady Lions.
Vikings coach goes 1-on-1 with his players, turning around a game and perhaps a season.