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Pride soccer teams show improvement at Diablos

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 1:50 pm

While the Desert Vista soccer teams brought home the hardware from the Tempe Diablos Soccer Classic, the Mountain Pointe programs showed something as well.

The Pride girls went 1-2 but found some offense that had been lacking before the tournament.

Coach Mark Wilson made some decisions that he believes will give Mountain Pointe a better shot of competing against a difficult schedule.

“We are trying a new system with players in new positions,” Wilson said. “There were quite a few positives and we actually scored some goals these three games.”

The boys team fared better as the Pride went 2-1 with the lone loss coming against semifinalist Chandler.

Pride coach Bryan Sabato took a similar approach as Wilson in that he took a look at players in different roles because the games didn’t count against the power rankings.

It allowed the coach to find out some things about the team going forward.

“We are still trying to figure out what type of team we are going to be,” he said. “We were are still trying to figure out how we want to play, who is going to be our leader and who is going to our go-to player.

“It gave us a chance to see guys who may not stand out in training, but stepped up in match situations.”

Over the coming weeks the Pride plays Brophy, Desert Vista, Hamilton and Mater Dei (Calif.), Brophy, Mesa twice and Corona del twice.

“It is what it is, but you have to play the teams in front of you,” he said. “I think we are in a better position to take on that brutal schedule.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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