For the first time in the history of the Anna Boy’s Soccer program there will be a different man calling the shots when the season begins.
Last year, the only coach in the young team’s history, Manny Avila, resigned from Anna. Coach Aaron Pratt was hired to replace Avila.
Pratt was a soccer player in McKinney during his high school career and has had a long career with the FC Dallas club soccer program coming into his tenure in Anna. Now Pratt will look to continue to grow this small and young program in the midst of tough competition.
Most Class 3A schools do not have soccer squads, so to compete in district play Anna has to play up in a 4A district. Anna’s district includes McKinney North, Sherman, Denison and Prosper.
Anna will kick off its season on Dec. 30 when it plays host to Frisco Heritage. The Coyotes will then travel to take on Burkburnett the following Friday.
District play for the Coyotes is set to start on Feb. 7 when Anna takes on Prosper.
The Tribune sat down with Coach Pratt to find out what his expectations are for this upcoming season.
Tribune: Who is returning from last season?
Pratt: We are returning a lot of players. Only three regular starters from last year’s team have graduated.
Tribune: New players you are expecting to make an impact?
Pratt: One new player that will have a big impact on the season is goalkeeper Jose Huete.
Tribune: What have been your pre-season goals?
Pratt: The goal of the preseason is to implement our possession style of play as well as find the best lineup and player rotation patterns. In addition to that, it would be nice to get playing time/experience to the younger varsity players that will be bigger contributors next year.
Tribune: What are your expectations for the season?
Pratt: The expectations for the season are simple - make the playoffs. We are much smaller than most teams that we play (until next year when 3A soccer will start), but we have a talented group of boys. We are counting on our senior class to be leaders on and off the field. Many of our starters this year will be playing in their final year of high school soccer.
Date Home Team Away Team Time Team
Dec 30th Frisco Heritage Anna 2:00pm V
Jan. 3rd Anna Burkburnett 1:00/3:00pm JV/V
Jan. 7th Anna Bonham 6:30pm V
Jan. 9th-11th Princeton Tournament TBD V
Jan. 16th-18th Paris Tournament TBD V
Jan. 21st Anna Frisco Lonestar 7:00pm V
Jan. 24th Anna Frisco Liberty 5:00pm V
Jan. 28th McKinney Anna 5:00pm V
Jan. 31st Lonestar Anna 6:30pm V
Feb. 4th Gainsville Anna 5:30/7:00pm JV/V
Feb. 7th Anna Prosper 4:00/7:15pm JV/V
Feb. 11h Sherman Anna 4:00/7:15pm JV/V
Feb. 14th BYE
Feb. 18th Anna Denison 4:00/5:30pm JV/V
Feb. 21st McKinney North Anna 4:00/5:30pm JV/V
Feb. 25th Prosper Anna 4:00/7:15pm JV/V
Feb. 28th Anna Sherman 4:00/7:15pm JV/V
Mar. 4th BYE
Mar. 7th Denison Anna 4:00/5:30pm JV/V
Mar. 18th Anna McKinney North 4:00/5:30pm JV/V