Dunlap boys soccer staying positive

Chelsea Peck

Although the Dunlap soccer team is not doing as well as they would like, head coach Allan Hansen said he is still optimistic about the rest of the season.

The team played in a tournament in Quincy over the weekend, where they were 1-2.

“I really thought we played a lot better over the weekend as far as understanding things,” Hansen said.

The young team is still finding mistakes to fix.

“Offensively, we need to find some urgency, and I’m hopeful that can come back. We’ve been regrouping. This is not what some of the kids are used to as far as the season goes. We’re trying to pump them back up and moving onto the next game,” he said.

The team played Morton Sept. 25 and although they lost, Hansen said he saw some of their best play so far.

“The Morton game we played extremely well. If you kept a clock on possession, I thought we had dominated. We lost the game 3-0 because we made three costly mistakes,” Hansen said.

The Eagles won 4-1 against East Peoria Sept. 27, but Hansen said he was not pleased with the team’s efforts.

“We’re not finishing our opportunities when we have them.”

Hansen said Dunlap (4-7-1, 1-2-1) still has a chance to regroup and play well in the playoffs.

“We’re improving for the playoffs, and I’m still optimistic when it comes to playoffs,” he said.

Hansen said he hopes after this year, the newer players will get involved in club soccer to play and practice year-round.

“A lot of the kids we used to have had club and played soccer all year round. A lot of our kids are busy playing other things which I encourage,” he said.

Throughout the summer, Hansen said the team is allowed 25 “contact days,” which are days they can practice before the official start to the season.

“We met throughout the summer a couple times, and then we had our camp that was a week long. I’m really cautious of those 25 contact days,” he said. “I hope to take the opportunity (next summer) to work on some things.”

Hansen said the team’s keeper, freshman Tom Peterson, has done well.

“We have a new keeper and he has improved over the year,” Hansen said. “He’s caught onto the game and has made big improvements, so that’s great.”