The Thomson High School soccer teams have laced up their cleats and put on their shin guards once again to prepare for their 2006 season.
After losing seven seniors last year due to graduation, the girls' team will have many new faces.
"We are so young and inexperienced, but the girls want to learn. They give great effort, and they are very intense," Second-year coach Ben Davall stated. "Our main focus right now is working on playing a physical game."
The Lady Dogs' captains this year are 10th graders Chelsea Jones and Casey Brooks, along with junior Rainee Austin.
The team is in good physical shape and are hoping to move further into the region tournament than they did last year where they placed fourth, Coach Davall said.
"We are just a bunch of friends having fun. Our teamwork is great which will help us in the long run," Chelsea said.
On the other side of the THS practice facility, the boys' team has been working on foot-eye coordination and all around footwork.
After placing fifth in last year's region tournament, they are hoping to improve on the little things to get them to the top.
"Due to the weather we've only been able to practice a couple of days," said Coach Barry Arrington, who is also in his second year coaching soccer at THS. "We need to buckle down, stay focused, and get our fundamentals in tune."
Ten starters will return for the boys' team including the two leaders - junior wing Scott McClure and junior mid-fielder Jonny Weischedel.
Both agreed that a successful season depends on the dedication and conditioning of the team.
The THS soccer teams play at home Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Lincoln County in the Brickyard.
Both Thomson teams have one win on the season after beating Cross Creek in the season opener last Friday. Thomson played Butler Tuesday night in Augusta.