MIAMI — David Douthit likes where his Miami High School boys soccer team is at heading into their season opener Friday, March 2 at Red Robertson Field.
The girl’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve done pretty well,” Douthit said.
The Wardogs went 2-0-1 in a scrimmage tournament at Grove then wrapped up the preseason Tuesday, Feb. 27 at home with Verdigris.
“I thought we played pretty well (at Grove),” said Douthit, who will only coach the boys this season.
Kenton Adams will be in charge of the girls’ program.
“We can get a little better idea with where we stand because they were pretty good last year,” Douthit said of the scrimmage with Verdigris, which won as district title and reached the second round of the 2017 playoffs.
The Wardogs went 8-7 a year ago, losing to Tulsa Holland Hall in a first-round game.
“Last year was kind of a rebuilding year,” Douthit said. “We’ve got some good players. They are just young. A lot of them are juniors and a lot of them played on that semifinal team (in 2016). We have a good freshman group.
“Everybody is targeting next year, but I always say ‘why not this year?’ with our preseason so far, we have really put some things together at times. But then at times, its ‘we’ve got to work on this or that.’”
Wagoner went 15-2 a year ago, winning a district title before being upset by Glenpool in the second round of the playoffs.
“They have a striker that has signed with NSU and will be pretty good,” Douthit said. “It will be a good start for us. We want to play some pretty good teams before we get into district play. Hopefully we’re playing our best by then.”
Douthit said there are only three seniors on the 28-players roster, the most since he’s been here.
“We have guys pushing people,” he said. “In the past, it’s been one of those deals where ‘I’ve got a starting spot, there’s really not anybody to take it from me’ and they get a little complacent.”
The seniors are newcomer Corbin Hernon and midfielder Cade Friend and striker Shane Herrel.
“Our core group is juniors (nine),” Douthit said. “We have a small group of sophomores (five) and pretty good group of freshmen (nine).”
Junior Jessie Satterwhite and sophomore Troy Littleaxe are in the running for the starting job in goal.
Miami travels to Owasso Tuesday, March 6 to face Rejoice Christian.