Elkin men’s soccer is set to kick its season off Monday night. The Buckin’ Elks opponent in the season-opener is the same as last year, but this time, it’s on their home turf.
Last year, Hibriten got the best of the Buckin’ Elks in a 4-0 win. The loss started a rough trend early on in the season, going 0-5-1 in the first six games. Although they rebounded toward the end of the year, they’re looking to get revenge on the team out of Lenoir. Senior Erick Chimal noted that a lot of offseason work has put them in a better position for the season than they were last year.
“We have talent this year. It’s going to be tough to lose and not get where we want to be,” Chimal said.
After an ugly 8-14-1 season last season, Head Coach Heath Foster said while he’s looking forward to what happens, some of the games this year aren’t going to be pretty.
“We’re going to be really blue collar, we’re going to have some ugly wins and close games,” Foster said. “But I’m much more optimistic going a week and and a half in [to practice] than I was prior to the season.”
Last year, in the game against Hibriten, the game was close at halftime, but Foster noted that fatigue became a factor as to why the game ended the way it did. He’s focused on the fitness throughout practice to have them ready for what’s in store on Monday night.
“It’s a non-conference game, this will give me a good gauge for where people fit and where our strengths and weaknesses are,” Foster said.
After the home matchup Monday, Elkin travels to North Surry the following day for a 5:30 p.m. game. Later on in the season, Elkin hosts Starmount on Oct. 19 in its biggest rivalry game of the season. After a trip to Wilkes Central two days later, the Buckin’ Elks finish their season with a three-game home stand against East Wilkes, West Stokes and North Wilkes on three straight nights.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.