As Stratford's men's soccer team plows through district play, they begin to look towards the playoffs. The are hoping to redeem themselves for a loss to Eisenhower HS that they suffered in the first round two seasons ago.
Since then, the team has grown tremendously, using the first-round loss in 2018 and failure to clinch playoffs in 2019 as their main motivators for this season.
"Our mindset hasn't changed [over the past two seasons]," said junior Nathan Siciliano, the team captain of this year's squad. "We're still excited and nervous, but once we get going, we're more fired up. That doesn't go away when we play in big games like that."
Spring Woods: Spring Woods was 40 minutes away from history.
In the Region III-6A finals in April, Spring Woods fell short to Alief Elsik, 3-2, in its first regional final appearance since 2014.
For the past eight months, the Tigers have had to sit back and think about that loss. In that offseason period, Spring Woods has taken that "bad taste" and used it as fuel to prepare for 2020.