By Tim Branstetter, Staff Writer
Most coaches don’t like to appear overconfident when it comes to predicting their upcoming season, but Corbin coach Armando Cima can’t help but be excited about his team that will step on the field this season.
“I have high hopes and expectations,” Cima said. “We should be very strong and be able to do some good things this year.”
The Redhounds are loaded with experience and talent as they return 18 seniors. They also have talented juniors and sophomores who are ready to step up.
“It sets up really nice,” Cima said. “We have a lot of good experienced players and some very strong younger players that are ready to compete for positions.”
Several players are expected to step up this season including Andrew Webb. Webb battled an injury last season that slowed his progress on the field, but he is ready to make up for lost time.
“I have high hopes for Andrew,” Cima said. “We wanted him to play a central mid-field role, but he just didn’t look comfortable there. So we put him up front and he has blossomed. He looks very comfortable and his enthusiasm is through the roof. He could be a key that will unlock some things for us this year.”
Jessie Hyde is another kid who is ready to prove something after being sidelined last season with a knee injury.
“Jessie is coming back strong,” Cima said. “He seems to be right back in the swing of things.”
Tulio Canineu turned in an impressive freshman season and Cima expects him to play a big role this year.
“Tulio started most games last year,” he said. “He will play in the mid-field, but he may play some at the forward spot as well.”
Corbin’s schedule hasn’t changed much as they will face off against tough teams like Lexington Christian, Madison Southern and Southwestern this season.
The Redhounds will start off with the Bluegrass Games in just over a week from now and they will also face Western Hills in the Berea Cup.
High school soccer has realigned things to where their district and region will mirror high school basketball. The Redhounds will be in a four team district with North Laurel, South Laurel and Whitley County.
In the past teams had to make the Final Four to be considered in the State Tournament, but this year the Final Eight teams will make up the State Tournament.
“I will be disappointed if we don’t make the Final Eight,” Cima said. “I think we have a strong side. If we do the work, the postseason will be there for us. I have been pretty excited all summer.”
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