At one point in the season, Warrenton Head Soccer Coach John Schulte wasn’t sure if there was enough time to fix what he wanted to fix. The Warriors (8-8-1) played in multiple tournaments early in …
At one point in the season, Warrenton Head Soccer Coach John Schulte wasn’t sure if there was enough time to fix what he wanted to fix.
The Warriors (8-8-1) played in multiple tournaments early in the year, and played eight games in the first 15 days of the season.
The tough schedule led to a 1-5-1 start.
“We started off with so many games and we only had two days’ worth of practices in the first few weeks,” Schulte said recently. “We weren’t able to fix things. But then we had a week and a half off and that really changed our season. We fixed some things and worked on stuff that we were struggling with.”
The Warriors enjoyed 12 days off in the middle of September, returning Sept. 20 to beat St. Charles, 3-1.
The Pirates won the first meeting Aug. 26, 2-1.
After splitting its next four games, Warrenton nearly came back to beat GAC North frontrunner St. Charles West last week at home.
“We played two good games against St. Charles and had a few late chances to tie with St. Charles West,” Schulte said. “The kids are playing hard and we’re hoping we can split with St. Charles West and get second in conference.”
The Warriors Are led offensively by junior forward Nick Forrest, who has 27 goals and four assists.
“We’ve been trying to get him the ball a lot, and we know if we can get him on a 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 situation, most of the time he’s going to come out ahead there,” Schulte said. “We’re trying to get the ball to him as much as we can. He’s a phenomenal player and hopefully he can keep it up.”
Sophomore midfielder Isaac Frederick has helped Forrest all season, leading the team with 16 assists while adding nine goals.
“He’s been doing outstanding,” Schulte said of Frederick. “Those are the two playmakers we try to get the ball to.”
Senior midfielder Paul Lanigan was recently moved up the field in an attempt to create more offense, which has worked.
Lanigan scored in back-to-back games last week against Fatima and St. Charles West.
The Warriors lost to St. Charles Wednesday, 4-1, and had five days off before finishing up conference play next Tuesday at Orchard Farm.
“We want to make sure we finish strong down the stretch, and I just want to play well,” Schulte said. “We might be able to win out if we play well. If we play defense like we can and get the ball to our forwards, we can do really well and compete against the rest of the teams we play against.”.