While others were soaking up the rays, the Castle boys soccer team was working on their fitness.
Coach Mike Reiter said the team spent their summer working on their fitness. He said conditioning to prepare for the fall is imperative to the team’s success.
“Fitness is critical,” he said.
While building individual strength, Reiter said it is also crucial for the team to find its strengths and leaders. He said leaders hold the other players accountable and help the team achieve more.
“It’s critical from a coach’s perspective,” he said. “I think we’re going to have talent. We just have to have someone tell them that not giving 100 percent is not an option.”
Reiter said the team will have to work on coming together as a team and executing their individual roles together. He said a lot of players from last year graduated or moved on in other ways and this year’s members will have to step into those empty positions.
“If they can put the team first we have some pieces that can work,” he said.
Reiter said it’s one thing to spend the summer preparing to outrun other teams but players always have to make the choice to do what’s best for the time. He said the Knights have been known in the past as unselfish players.
“I would love for our team to be known for that this year,” he said. “Our team is going to thrive if we get the intangibles right.”
With the work put in over the summer and the skill already exhibited, Reiter said he thinks the Knights are in for a strong season, assuming the players continue to play as a team.
“You never get the best out of a group if they don’t work together,” he said.