The champs are back at it

The calendar has yet to flip to July, and the two-time defending state champion Newport boys soccer team is back on the field for its off-season training. And it couldn’t have come soon enough. “I’m excited to be back out for sure, because club season ended early so I was ready to come and play,” said senior defender Jose Gonzalez. “It’s fun to see a lot of new faces.” On Wednesday, June 20, Newport hosted Taft for a couple of scrimmages. Multiple shortened games were played on smaller fields with seven players per team. It was a chance for players on both teams to dust off the cobwebs, get reacclimated with the game and get a lot of chances to touch the ball. “I’m trying to get something every one to two weeks with other teams just to keep everything fresh and get the kids as much exposure and experience as they can, and playing against different players so they are ready for the season,” said head coach Ollie Richardson. “Some of these kids have never played together so it’s a good chance for them to work on that chemistry and comradery that they’ll have during the season.”

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