By Keeli Parkey
The Unicoi County High School men’s soccer team has their sights set on the postseason, but they have some business to take care of first.
That business, according to head coach Justin Ciralsky, is finishing the regular season strong – and the Blue Devils (8-5, 6-2) took a step toward that goal last week by defeating Hampton, 9-2, on Tuesday, April 25, in Erwin.
“All the players played well,” Ciralsky said of the win over the Bulldogs. “It was a great all around game for all of the team.”
Six Blue Devils scored in the victory. Daniel Meza, Jose Ortiz and Christian Leon scored two goals each. Leroy Valdez, Sam Murillo and Donnie Metcalf scored one goal each.
“They are continuing to learn to play hard all game,” Ciralsky said. “Every let down could hurt us as we move forward and finish the season. They are starting to see the importance of the little things we work on day in and day out.”
The Blue Devils were scheduled to host Sullivan South in conference play on Tuesday, May 2, after The Erwin Record’s print deadline for this issue.
They will close out the regular season on Thursday, May 4, against Elizabethton in Erwin. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils will also honor the senior members of their team on Thursday.
“We have two big conference matches this week,” Ciralsky said. “Our outlook is to finish the season with two wins and end up being seeded second in conference behind south. Then our goal is to win conference and make it to the regional final. We would love to make it to the state tournament, and we are hoping to play well over the next couple weeks in order to give our team that opportunity.”