Feb. 1—THOMASVILLE — After a disappointing season that ended in a 7-4 loss to Peach County in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs of Thomasville are returning to the pitch with a far younger team. While talented youth leads to a bright future, it can sometimes make for a bleak present. The program has lost a fair amount of its senior leadership. In fact, this iteration of Thomasville on the pitch will feature just two seniors, Seth Rome and Colby Hall. Head soccer coach Robert Peterson described this year as "kind of rebuilding."
"Going into the season there's a lot of unknowns, a lot of young kids," Peterson said. "We've only got two seniors playing, so we're going to work our way through some growing pains, I think. But, the future is bright. We've got a lot of quality players coming into the program. I think we're just kind of rebuilding. We lost a lot of seniors, but we have a lot of kids who have the experience. So, it's kind of an in-between year so to speak. Lost a lot, but got a lot back."
Despite only having two seniors on the roster, Peterson has faith in the leadership capabilities of Rome and Hall saying, "Seth (Rome) was a captain last year and he'll be a captain with Colby Hall. They'll fill a big role and kind of guide some of the freshman who are going to get lots of playing time into the things that they need to do and we've got a lot of players who got a lot of minutes last year."
Peterson will be looking for more consistency from his team in their performance this year. Last season, the Bulldogs went 6-8-1 overall and were only able to string together back-to-back wins once during a three-game win streak mid season. Peterson wants to avoid those up and down stretches and trade them in for consistent play from his squad.
The Bulldogs played in a scrimmage earlier in the week against Lee County and Peterson said he was "very encouraged" by his team's play. Thomasville showed a lot of versatility in their formations, something that Peterson believes will help them win games this year. "They competed very well and did everything I asked. They did it in different formations and that versatility is really going to serve us well this year because we're able to play lots of different formations in different areas all over the pitch for each individual kid," Peterson said. "So, that's going to be really big for us to be able to adjust to our opponent."
Thomasville's first game of the season will be a home contest against Bainbridge on February 6 at 7:00 p.m.