King's Ridge Magazine: Bringing the Intensity
DANIEL MYERS IS A GUY WHO LIKES TO HAVE FUN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE LIGHTS TURN ON, THE SOCCER BALL DROPS AT MIDFIELD AND THE CLOCK STARTS TICKING, THE FIRST-YEAR KING'S RIDGE BOYS SOCCER COACH WANTS INTENSITY.
"One thing that I really wanted to build upon is having an intense atmosphere when practicing and playing," Myers said. "I like having a good time, don't get me wrong, but early on in the season, we have to play hard. We have to get into that desire to win."
The Tigers have put together a solid 2021 season.
Ask Myers about his team and he has a list of names and reasons why they have such a solid squad.
Christian Stoner, who plays center-back and is committed to Harding University, is a "great leader", and Hudson Zawodzinski holds down the midfield.
A majority of their scoring has come from Davis Bryan, who is just a junior, while Jace Hite is an explosive forward with speed to burn. Then there is Evan Danyo.
Danyo is a senior attacking midfielder, who Myers would like all of his guys to mirror.
"He works so hard even though he's the smallest guy on the team, he wins the most balls in the air," Myers said. "If everyone played with his intensity, I think we would win state easily."
In year one of leading the program, Myers' pair of top goals for his group included making it to state and hosting a home playoff match, which has never been done.
But what does he want these guys to learn the most from playing for him?
"One thing in terms of teaching is the idea of if you want to do something special you have to work hard," Myers said. "Nothing comes for free. If you want everlasting memories, you have to take advantage of it."