Eagles kick off season

By Richard Greene | Published Sunday, January 9, 2011
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The Decatur Eagles soccer team made history last year with their first playoff appearance.

The Eagles are now hoping history will repeat itself as they kick off a new season.

Decatur played its first scrimmage Tuesday against Mineral Wells, falling 6-1. The Eagles, who played their annual alumni game Friday, will have another scrimmage Tuesday against Springtown before starting the regular season Jan. 13 at the Prosper Tournament.

Decatur went 6-8-2 last year in getting to the Class 4A Region I area round of the playoffs. Many of the faces that helped the Eagles to the postseason for the first time are now gone.

“We graduated a lot of tradition,” said Decatur coach Nick Stokes. “The guys that graduated had been in the program four years and been a big part of what we had.”

The Eagles return just two starters – junior Taylor Spence and sophomore Devin Willis.

“We have only two seniors,” Stokes said. “We’re going to be a real young team. The freshmen class has a lot of guys that will help us.”

While being young, Stokes said expectations are the same. He wants to see his Eagles in contention for one of the four playoff spots out of District 9-4A.

“Last year was good for us and was a big step forward,” Stokes said. “We need to build on it. Our goal is to make it back to the playoffs.”

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