High School soccer begins for AHS, Cooper & Wylie


January. It signals the start of a new year, a new school semester, and the return of area soccer to stadiums and fields across Texas.

This week, area high school programs really get busy in the early non-district portion of the regular season, and the common theme for most of Abilene’s teams – push farther.

The Abilene high boys lost 12 all-district players from last year, but return two veterans to the starting line-up under first year coach Kyle Riese, who was an assistant last season under David Rodriguez.

The AHS girls, under Brent Camp, return 13 lettermen from a squad that lost in the first round of the postseason, but they’re eager to end a two-year run of 4th place district finishes.

Cooper's programs also eye a break from the mold. The Cougar boys bring up a solid handful from a very strong JV team in 2017. It’s that young talent, hoping to help Cooper hoist its fourth-straight district title, but more importantly – to help them get further than the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Lady Coogs return hoping to put last season in the rearview mirror, recording 10 wins on the season, but missing out a trip to the postseason.

And finally, the farthest finishing team in 2017 were the Wylie girls, who continue to lead the pack heading into this season. Last year, it was Mineral Wells who had coach Manuel Cordova’s number in the quarterfinals, but already off to a quick start, the Lady Bulldogs want revenge.

Wylie returns standouts Randie Dennison and Gracie McCaslin to lead another strong attack.

The Wylie boys were handed an upset in 2017 after a district championship run, but return a mix of young and veteran players to make push toward breaking through the first round of the postseason.

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