If you see Logan-Rogersville High School boys soccer coach Brett Wubbena walking with a bounce in his step, there is good reason.
As the calendar turns to September, the Wildcats sit with a 2-2 record. That’s the same as a year ago at this time. But the difference?
“I think we’re really competitive this year,” Wubbena said. “And I’m hoping the guys aren’t ever nervous to go into a game. We’re much more experienced now.”
Wubbena offered those words after Rogersville beat Lebanon 3-0 last Thursday, Aug. 31, at Rogersville High School, by taking the fight to the Yellowjackets.
The teams primarily stayed on the Rogersville side of the field throughout the first half, showing stout defense but also an eye for the net, as the Wildcats responded just days after a disappointing loss against Bolivar.
Senor forward Oscar Marten scored the first goal about 12 minutes into the match before Cavin Ternell and Austin Revels also contributed goals.
That trio is among a returning cast of characters that gives Wubbena reason for optimism. The other returnees include J.D. Kennedy, Cody Bledsoe, Garrett Vinson and Ryan Christopher. Marten, Kennedy, Christopher, Bledsoe, Vinson, Terrell and Revels were All-District last year.
“Oscar (Martin) is a double threat, but there are seven who are making an impact,” Wubbena said.
Kennedy is a three-year starter and another versatile player.
“He’s a great player. He reads the ball well and will put his body in the way,” Wubbena said. “Sometimes when you have a pretty good leader, you can move people around. That makes any team better.”
A couple of sophomores, Brayton Knight and Austin Revels, also will factor greatly. In fact, Revels already is making an impact, leading the team in goals (five) and assists (four).
Wubbena also is eager to see the development of Revels.
“He wants to be a great player,” Wubbena said. “He’s working hard to put himself in that spot. And he’s a team player. A couple of times, he’s had a goal (in sight) but passed off to another player.”
Rogersville, which played host to Springfield Catholic on Tuesday, hopes it can surge in September as the team enters the teeth of its schedule. The Wildcats also play host to Webb City this Thursday and travel to Marshfield next Tuesday, Sept. 12.
“We’re a better team. But we’ve been working on passing and playing our game,” Wubbena said, later adding, “We’ve got to win the game we’re supposed to win.”