When the snow melts and the ice thaws, the boys soccer team gets geared up for their season. This 2016 season is expected to be an exciting year, with veteran coach Ben Pennington and his assistant staff, the team has been pushing themselves to be prepared for the first whistle of the season.
Senior Jack Wells has high hopes for the 2016 season, with many expectations for the boys. “Our goal is to win. Whether it is win a game we are focused in on or a state title Bettendorf wants to win this year in every aspect of the game. We are not some low level team this year we have talent on all positions and I’m excited for the year to start,” said Wells.
Junior Sam Brindle is a midfielder and has played Bettendorf soccer since his Freshman year. He is excited about this year more than others because of the raw talent the varsity team possesses. “It’s hard to explain but I really believe that this year is different. Teams in the past have gotten by on athleticism but the team this year has talent everywhere,” said Brindle.
Senior Tater Seaberg has been a key player on the varsity squad for years now, and in his final season as a Bettendorf Bulldog (before he becomes a Drake Bulldog), tater is excited to see his team ready for the upcoming season. “The boys look more ready than past years. Our touch is refined and our passing is clean. I’m thankful that there is a strong Sophomore class to push the upperclassmen on varsity,” said Seaberg.
The boys have already had some preseason games, with a 5-0 win against North Scott and a weekend tourney in Des Moines against the local schools there. All in all, the season is fresh for the boys on the pitch, and it is expected to be an exciting season for the Bulldogs.