Since the opening of jc harmon high school in 1973, the boys soccer team has been one of the best teams ever and the best team in the kck league. 2 Time State champions, & league champs almost every year and trophies and banners to match, this soccer team is ready for another one. Someone who is very familiar with this program has agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions. This man has played soccer for the boys team years ago & has came back to teach the “Lady Hawks” a thing or two about the game of soccer. Carlos Olivas who is now the head coach of the boys team has already made a huge impact. Now with two wins in the “Fat Cat Tournament” they look ahead to the finals this saturday.
Here’s the Coach interview:
Were you offered the position of head coach or did you try to get it?
I applied like everyone else it’s been something’ ive been wanting a long time, it wasn’t the way I wanted it though.
Was it something you’ve always wanted since you started coaching the girls’ team?
Well It was 2003 ,& i was the assistant to head coach and his wife ms. Mendez .. but then I took over because Coach Eddie went back to school.
How do you feel about your players?
I think I have a great group of guys, it’s not easy transitioning from one coach to another like they have, but they’re giving me 100% because that’s what i’ve given them.
How do you feel about the start of the season? (tournament)
It’s surreal, to beat 6a powerhouses like that it’s incredible, it’s a part of history. Two of the best victories since I’ve played.
Do the players work well together?
Yes, especially transitioning from one coach to another, they’re getting better each day, they’re becoming family.
What do you expect to happen in the future/rest of the season? What are you looking forward to ?
The expectations for ourselves is to make it to state. If we keep playin’ the way we’re playing it could happen. I’m Proud of the effort that the guys have givin me, I wanna also thank the girls who are managing because I don’t have assistant coaches.
I Was also given the chance to interview 3 of the Captains, ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ, Breyson Ruiz, & Javier De Lara. (carlos ruiz also captain wasn’t interviewed)
LEFT: BREYSON RUIZ Enrique Hernandez: Right
They have been at Harmon all 4 years and they knows the game of soccer very well. Now Seniors they feel that their duty is to lead this team to state. By the looks of it so far it’s a definite possibility.
Here’s the Interview:
How do you feel about Harmon as a school?
Enrique: I think its good in some ways but its terrible at supporting soccer.
What do you say to your team before a game?
Enrique: To not panic, that “we got this” .
Breyson: I tell them to play hard and not to be intimidated from the opponent.
Will the rest of the season be any good?
Yes, if all the players keep their grades up .
How do you feel about being captain?
Breyson: I feel very honored to have be chosen to be one of the captains and represent my school
Javier: The feeling of captain is great. I am a leader on the team. Most people look up to me because so far i’ve had two man of the match performances where I have saved my team from defeat. I know that i have the capacity to raise my team or lower their spirits. I Go hard so my teammates can follow.
What do you expect from your teammates?
Javier: I expect teammates that don’t give up. Teammates that till the referee blows his whistle they are still running trying to dominate the field. Teammates that not only act as friends, but that deep inside they are family to me. Before a team can be the best they have to be a family.
What do you say to your team before every game?
Javier: We have our own little chant to pump up our varsity team. No fear (Team Repeats) No fear (Team Repeats) Refuse to lose (Team Repeats) Refuse to lose (Team Repeats) 80 Minutes of Hell (Team Repeats) 123…. Hawks
How do you think the season will go?
Javier: I’m pretty sure our soccer team wants to go farther than the basketball team last year. I have repeats for Coach Gonzalez and his players playing a state final. We are expecting to win this saturday and going undefeated. We also want to shut the mouths of the rest of the U.S.D. 500 but every game must be played.
Is State In The Future For This Team?
Javier: State is definitely in the minds of every player on the team. We want a state championship and the soccer team has only been to state twice. We want to be the first team to get a state championship for the soccer teams in history.
By the looks and sounds of it, this team is definitely ready for another championship. there’s no doubt in mind that they could do it. I wish the best of luck to them all ! GO HAWKS!!