Jordan confident about Bulldogs’ boys soccer team
By Joe Naiman
The 2012-13 Ramona High School boys soccer team will have six varsity starters from the 2011-12 team back for the new season.
Tryouts began Nov. 12, and 60 players sought berths on Ramona’s varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen teams.
“I think our numbers were down from past years,” said varsity head coach Michael Jordan, who suggested that the decrease in team aspirants may be due to declining enrollment at the school.
The tryout numbers still forced Jordan to make cuts.
“It’s not a fun week for me or the kids,” Jordan said. “We wish we could keep them all. That’s not possible.”
Jordan will have 21 players on his varsity squad, and the junior varsity roster will also include 21 players.
“We definitely have a JV and a varsity team that are going to be fantastic,” Jordan said. “The returning players from JV look like they have made tremendous strides to be solid varsity players.”
Jordan had 10 players on his freshmen team as of the first week of tryouts. “The freshmen team, we’re still looking for a few players,” he said. “I’d like to pick up four or five more players.”
The Bulldogs finished 3-6-1 in Palomar League play last season—good for fifth place in the league standings, and lost to Serra in the first round of the CIF playoffs.
“I believe we have improved at every position,” Jordan said. “We’re going to be very, very good this year.”
The Bulldogs will begin the 2012-13 season with the Coronado Islander Tournament. Coronado High School will be the site of Ramona’s Nov. 28 opener against Hilltop, which has reached the CIF Division II finals in each of the past three seasons.
“Right out of the gate we play against one of the best,” Jordan said.
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