WEEKI WACHEE — Boys soccer season is up and rolling through the winter months and Weeki Wachee has made sure to remain at the top of its game.
The Hornets (14-2) are riding a four-game winning streak heading into the postseason and now have a chance to show they belongs amongst the state’s elites. Weeki Wachee is fresh off a 3-2 win over Crystal River, but head coach Shane Tarbox explained his team has been lucky.
“Like most other teams, we've had moments of quarantine, but we've been blessed with the timing of missing a couple players, and other players stepped up to fill the gap,” Tarbox said. “We've also been blessed that we haven't seen a whole shutdown of the team.”
One of the main reasons for Weeki Wachee’s success has been the play of strikers Jacob Kelly and Seth Tarbox. The duo has combined for 51 goals scored this season and has accounted for 72% of the team’s scoring. Tarbox added that both have been crucial to the team’s winning culture.
“Jacob has been an added blessing to complement the talent we have on our whole team,” Tarbox said. “He has great pace and a nose finishing well. He and Seth Tarbox have combined for 51 goals this season. This team can go pretty far. They set a goal to win Districts, and go to the elite 8. They just clinched the Gulf Coast 8 Conference Championship. We will have to see, one game at a time.”
When it comes to facing the everyday difficulties of today’s high school sports during a pandemic, Tarbox knows his program faces challenges just like everyone is. With having a team that is well-rounded from top to bottom from the coaches and players, the Hornets are having themselves a safe and successful campaign.
“We have been blessed every season with groups of young men who buy into our system and coaching,” Tarbox said. “We have had some measures of success every season this one has just been our best on the field. Along, with our offense, our defense and goalkeeper have also done well keeping us in games and the opposition out of the net.”
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