Boys soccer, under the guidance of Sean Stewart, head coach, has begun its first year as a sanctioned sport at Archbold High School.
The Archbold Area School Board sanctioned the sport at its May 17 meeting.
The Archbold Soccer Club pledged to cover all expenses, but sanctioning allows the team to play in postseason tournaments.
“Our club program has been strong, but we will see better opposition than we are used to,” said Stewart, who has coached for three years.
“Our ability to adjust will determine whether or not we will be successful.
“We have a great opportunity to surprise some people.”
Seniors with years of experience are Aaron Bontrager, the captain, and Justin Allison.
Stewart said he has a strong junior class, including vice captains Adrian Ramirez and Jonny Lantz, the goalkeeper.
He also said he has a talented freshman class, with some expected to see some varsity playing time.
Stewart said the team’s strengths include the fact they’ve come through a successful club program, and that there’s a healthy mix of upperclassmen and youth.
Weaknesses include that it’s the first time they’re playing a full schedule of varsity-level teams, and a possible lack of overall depth.
“Keeping players healthy will be key,” said the coach.
The Streaks were scheduled to open their season, yesterday, Tuesday, against St. John’s Jesuit High School.